Funding unlocks future

2017-06-21 06:00
From the left are Qiniso Mngonezulu and Quinton Swartz (Sol Plaatje University students), assisted by Katlego Loeto, Tshegofatso Sebalo, Motlalepule Namate and Olebogeng Thakadu of the Department of Economic Affairs about bursary opportunities, as well as incubation and business opportunities through its Kidja and Kdji programmes for the youth. Insert: Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas urges young people to use the programmes that government put in place to prepare them for the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Photos: Boipelo Mere

From the left are Qiniso Mngonezulu and Quinton Swartz (Sol Plaatje University students), assisted by Katlego Loeto, Tshegofatso Sebalo, Motlalepule Namate and Olebogeng Thakadu of the Department of Economic Affairs about bursary opportunities, as well as incubation and business opportunities through its Kidja and Kdji programmes for the youth. Insert: Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas urges young people to use the programmes that government put in place to prepare them for the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The youth in the Northern Cape have been encouraged to utilise the ­government’s National Norms and Standards for School Funding where it applies to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) ­colleges.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas explained how this could be done when she spoke at the Youth Day celebration in Jan Kempdorp on Friday (16/06).

She described it as being an intervention to afford each student that is enrolled inclusion in a state-funded programme subsidised by the state at 80% of the total programme cost.

Lucas said the TVET College Bursary Scheme was to cover the remaining 20% for those academically deserving and financially needy students to ensure that they gained access to education and training opportunities in TVET colleges.

She acknowledged the realities of the complex challenges affecting the youth of today.

“Today’s young people are faced with development and social and economic challenges that require a different approach,” said Lucas.

“The youth of 1976 lost their lives to ensure that we enjoy the freedom and opportunities they were deprived of.”

Lucas strongly urged young people to use the programmes that government put in place in an effort to continuously prepare them for the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

“The development of young people must be aligned to government’s approach to addressing poverty and underdevelopment, as well as being a mechanism for the promotion of social adjustment, social cohesion, and economic emancipation attained through comprehensive, integrated, cross-sectoral and sustainable policies and programmes that seek to bring about tangible improvements in the quality of your lives.”

She announced the government was reviewing its administration’s approach towards funding for higher and further education, with the intention of centralising the application process.

She believes additional services such as a placement office for workplace exposure and the facilitation of the employment of bursary holders, especially in terms of scarce and critical skills in the Northern Cape, would be beneficial.

She further announced that the province was considering a centralised application process for learnerships and internships to ensure equitable access to such opportunities.

“Earlier this year, a directive was issued to all departments to ensure that they included youth-specific indicators in their annual performance plans in order to mainstream youth development across government departments.

“We will be taking it a step further for the next financial year by assessing budgetary allocation to ensure that departments are responsive to the needs of our young people.”

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