LEADERSHIP BUILDING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

LEADERSHIP BUILDING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

African Youth Leadership Programme

Africa has awakened to the realisation that to reclaim its power and status in the world, it must work on re-educating its children to regain their collective power and consciousness. To achieve this, there is a need to introduce an Afrocentric approach to education.

Like other African countries, South Africa is characterised by high unemployment, poverty, low skills base, lack of private sector investment, complex land tenure issues, as well as poor business infrastructure such as roads to link its poorest citizens to global markets. The current education system promotes performance-based education as opposed to competence-based education. The emphasis on performance often leads to a lack of self-confidence among scholars who do not perform well within the current Eurocentric education system.

While South Africa is defined as a post-liberation democracy, the current political and socio-economic status of the country has demonstrated the need for deep social and economic transformation and development. One way of confronting coloniality is to implement an education programme that liberates the mind. Our proposition is that education is essential to address the issues of leadership, development, and identity.