Youth Accelerating National Development in School Advancement or YANDiSA seeks to contribute to the growth of young leaders that are equipped to positively and effectively engage with societal challenges. The initiative’s entry point is the internal school governance structures, specifically the Representative Council of Learners (RCL), providing RCLs with the tools, skills, and experiences that empower them to lead meaningfully during their term as RCL’ers and build them up to implement long-term solutions to their schools’ and peers’ most central challenges. By doing so, YANDiSA’s will lead to young leaders that can constructively drive institutional change and improvement with personal and civic leadership mastery with a strong aptitude for evidence-based decision making.
“Yandisa” is an IsiXhosa word that means “to expand or enlarge,” aptly capturing the vision for a leadership development experience that expands South African youths’ capacity to lead sustainable school improvement. Started in 2019, the YANDISA Programme, will be developed in three phases, with the aim of designing a flexible, affordable, replicable high impact programme.
The YANDiSA Programme has been structured as a 9-12 month Programme with the following key components:
The long term benefits of YANDISA are:
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