Youth and Social Justice : A Learning and Exchange Model

Leonida Odongo
Posted September 22, 2019 from Kenya
Young activists discussion session
Climate Justice training for youth
Climate Justice training for youth (1/1)

The word social justice evokes images of fairness and equal opportunities , it means paying attention to the muted voices , it implies a shift from business as usual to business unusual.

To many young people in Africa the attainment of social justice is  a mirage.This is due to inherent challenges that may be systemic , to lack of opportunities due to a development model that benefits a few at the expense of majority, it may  be discrimination based on economic class.

Due to the start realities  of the day to day struggle for social justice , a breed of young people are becoming conscious about issues and seeking engagements that have lasting impacts on communities.Through adoption of a Learning and Exchange Model   young activists in Kenya and South Africa are forging alliances that provide platforms where leadership can be learnt differently, where young people are at the centre of pushing for social justice in a practical way and where the relevance of ideals of pan-Africanism are learnt and practiced.

Through exchange  , young South Africans come to Kenya and experience what it is like to be a young Kenyan , and in the same vein, young Kenyans go to different communities down in South Africa to understand the life of a South African youth.The exchange is not just a visit that ends with touring a foreign land  but actual engagement with social movements and other civil society formations including contribution to advocacy work , participation in local forums and engaging fellow young people.

Through placement in organisations carrying out social justice work and visiting communities grappling with social justice struggles of rising poverty levels, youth unemployment , climate change , food related uncertainty , privatisation of  basic services and other forms of economic shocks and stressors , these young people cultivate the much needed knowledge in addressing the issues and at the same time develop the urge to advocate for the right of the underprivileged based on practical experiences , knowledge and experience sharing .This process also contributes to inculcating alternative world views based on understanding and analysis of issues.The Learning and Exchange Model provides spaces for debate on issues and collective seeking solutions while at the same time , enabling young people to reach out to fellow youths.This also helps nurture a different type of leadership that is more conscious on social justice.The model further provides a platform for young people to link local issues with global agenda bringing a sense of urgency in tackling social injustices within communities.

Learning and exchange Model when utilised by youth serving organisations can go a long way in transforming the mindset of young people .

 

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Lisbeth
Sep 22
Sep 22

Dear Leodina,
Thanks for sharing this your wonder activity on issues regarding Learning and Exchange program for the youth.

It's really heart breaking to hear everyday the proplem faced by a lots of youth without it been addressed.

These are our future leaders and if they start this way without the needed skills and training, we definitely will not boast of a blissful future for them.
I am very glad you and your organization have identified these issues and doing your very best to address some.

I am looking forward to more follow up posts on your successes choopped after this special activity.
Kind regards

Leonida Odongo
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thank you Lisbeth for the warm comments

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hello Dear Leonida,

How are you doing, dear? What a great idea. I wish they had something like this when I was growing up in my area. Traveling to different areas of the world, even if it's in within your own continent, can be so empowering, and like you said a great way to transform the mindsets of young people. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this program, if you have any testimonials, or stories on how it's going, and what outcomes come from it, i.e., if some of them go back to where they visited to start a new job or business, etc.

Hope you have a great week!

Anita Shrestha
Sep 23
Sep 23

Dear Leonida
Thank you very much for sharing this events. It is great. We expect again and again

Leonida Odongo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Dear Jill ,

I'm putting together their testimonies and will share them with you soon

Jill Langhus
Oct 18
Oct 18

Hello Lovely:-)

How are you doing? Great to hear! Looking forward to seeing them.

Hope you're doing fab and having a great Friday!!

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 23
Sep 23

Dear Leonida,
"...it means paying attention to the muted voices , it implies a shift from business as usual to business unusual"
So true. We need a completely different world economic system, with visionary leaders who believe it is not only possible but essential to do business with a model that shares the world resources fairly and ecologically. I love this photo of such beautiful young people having the chance to meet and discuss with each other, and hearing from Climate Justice leaders.

Tarke Edith
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hi Leodina

Thanks for sharing this exchange program for the youths more grees to your elbow dear.

Leonida Odongo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Thank you sister

Beth Lacey
Oct 01
Oct 01

Such a great program!

Anita Shrestha
Oct 06
Oct 06

Dear Leondina
Thank you for sharing

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Leonida,
Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed day.

Leonida Odongo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hi Anita ,

Thank you and hope to meet you one day when I come to Uganda

Sister Zeph
Oct 11
Oct 11

You are so amazing and hats off to you and your organisation because when we invest in youth we see faster results, some time we ignore problems that our youth face because we think they are young and energetic therefor they can solve their problems themselves, but they need help and you are providing that help to them in your country which is a really great thing.

Leonida Odongo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Very true