SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY VOWS TO HELP ADDRESS CHALLENGES FACED BY YOUTH

PRETORIA, South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has vowed to continue prioritising youth development and contributing towards identifying and implementing lasting solutions to address youth challenges.

The agency declared 2018 as a year of fighting youth unemployment! in a statement here Sunday.

The Board of the NYDA has set itself ground-breaking targets that will ensure that it is visible in all corners of the country. For the next few days, the Board and the Executive of the NYDA will be crisis crossing the entire province of the Eastern Cape, especially rural areas to ensure that there is access to our products and services.

Among other efforts, the agency will embark on a back-to-school campaign which will see agency representatives assisting schools get ready to accept students. We will, through our NYS team, paint schools, fix broken infrastructure and ensure that the schools of the Eastern Cape are conducive to learning, the agency added.

In addition to this, the NYDA will visit poor families and give out school uniforms and shoes to destitute children, as well as school bags to ensure that their learning this year becomes less of a burden because of their financial background.

The agency congratulated the class of 2017 for their “phenomenal performance” and encouraged them to apply to study at tertiary institutions. The NYDA in partnership with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is ready to assist, through our offices across the country, all matriculants who need access to funding and bursaries,” the agency said.

The NYDA continues to administer the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship fund which assists prospective students with access to higher education through a full bursary.

The NYDA has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement last year that tertiary education would be provided free for 90 per cent of the country’s households.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK