NYDA launches programme for rural youth
WHILE most young people especially in rural areas and townships have raised concerns about limited to access to resources the National Youth Development Agency has launched the NYDA Goes Rural programme.
It has been a concern for a number of years about how young people in rural areas get funding if they want to open businesses.
Even now, most rural youths still have to relocate to bigger towns and cities to find the resources to improve their lives.
Furthermore young people in South Africa are the hardest hit by the levels of unemployment and poverty.
NYDA spokesperson Lerato Gambu said the agency saw a need to launch the NYDA Goes Rural programme, aimed at reaching the most marginalised youth.
Through this programme the NYDA will establish service centres to open up access to its products and services.
Gambu said a new model has also been adopted, by purchasing vehicles to be utilised as mobile offices. The KZN provincial government has already sponsored six vehicles for this purpose.
She said to help youth access the internet they have also turned their offices into WiFi hot spots.
Gambu said to commemorate those who were killed in the uprising it was incumbent upon her organisation and those with a similar function to “move youth development from paper to practice”.