Recycle hub helps youth

2015-09-15 06:00
Three of the youth who work at the recycling hub in Diep River sort out the recyclable items. 

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Three of the youth who work at the recycling hub in Diep River sort out the recyclable items. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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“To create something out of nothing which will harness the energy of our youth through job creation and self-employment opportunities”.

The recycling project of the International Foundation for Education and Development (Iffead) in South Africa aims to do exactly this.

Duwayne Jacobs, also known as “Mr Mercy” and director of Iffead in South Africa, says the organisation promotes an educational environment.

“We aim to build a strong civil society as well as promote a vibrant and sustainable way of life, encouraging youth to seek sustainable long-term employment through skills development,” he says.

Through various programmes, which includes recycling, their main objective is to engage youngsters on social and economic challenges.

“We facilitate skills, communication and capacity building workshops. The workshops’ objectives are to enable the youth to set up and run their own local community projects or gain for self-employment or formal employment in the industry,” he says.

Skills hubAt the organisation’s skills hub in Diep River, which has the aim to reduce, re-use and recycle, they want to create an environment for youngsters and social entrepreneurs to network and operate through various forms.

This includes recycling, skills development courses, project implementation and tendering.

The recycling hub has about 18 youngsters from various communities working six days a week. They learn various skills that are designed to take back to their communities to educate residents.

Jacobs says the youngsters work at the hub for six months and will then be required to take their skills to educate children at schools in their communities.

“The school tour also acts as a social siren, alerting people to the many social problems ravaging our communities. It aims to raise funds for job creation and community-owned projects,” he says.

Jacobs says that income generated from the project will help underprivileged communities for further development of the skills hub and recycling centre.
“The skills development project serves the practical needs of people at grassroots level, enabling them to access and create employment opportunities. It aims to equip community members with practical communication and development skills that will enhance the impact of their vision,” he says.
It also aims to promote a critical understanding of development and promote tolerance between people.

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