• Skills, jobs and education development– This focus area looks at projects and initiatives that focus on creating economic opportunities, developing skills and knowledge critical to build youth entrepreneurship and employment skills, innovative sustainable solutions through Community hubs. These hubs will also provide youth with a platform where they can develop innovative sustainable solutions together to address economic challenges hindering youth development in their different communities. This program will be extended through local, national and international skills and knowledge sharing platforms and development programs.
1.TEF Entrepreneurship Programme 2021
Receive E80 000.00 funding, business training and mentorship by applying for the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme. The TEF entrepreneurship programme is open to all African youth with a business or just an idea. If you have any questions about the application process, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 February and then join us for the Live session on the 27th at 11:00am. We will be responding to all applications questions.
Deadline for application: 31 March 2021
Application link: https://tefconnect.net/
• Civic Participation and Engagement – This programmatic area approach will ensure that young people fully participate in decision-making and in local and national policy development implementation platforms. Through this program area youth will be trained on policy analysis, civic engagement, capacitated with advocacy and leadership skills.
Projects and activities
- International Youth Day Commemoration 2020
Eswatini International Youth Day commemoration will take the form of
online discussion via Facebook Live led by youth for youth. To make sure that no young person is left behind YSDC is giving out airtime for data.
Stand a chance of winning airtime by sharing why you think youth engagement is important.
2. Global Campaign on Equal National Rights Youth Project 2021
Youth Sustainable Development Centre is in partnership with Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (GCENR) in implementing a youth project focusing on advancing gender-equality national rights. The project’s main aim is to advocate for reforms to end gender-discrimination in nationality laws and also sensitize Eswatini citizens on gender-equal national laws. Moreover, it will enhance and promote ongoing youth collaboration with local human rights organizations and ensure that young people’s voices on human rights issues are heard through advocacy campaigns. Gender discrimination in nationality laws results in wide-ranging human rights violations, which cause statelessness, and contributes to multiple forms of GBV, infringed access to healthcare, education, permanent residence and employment. Without access to formal employment, women and children who lack nationality in their country of residence are at an increased risk of human trafficking. At least nine of the 17 SDGs cannot be achieved in the absence of equal nationality rights for women and men. In addition to perpetuating inequality, gender discrimination in nationality laws prevents all members of society from fully contributing to a country’s development. Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for a sustainable future and the country’s development.
3. Human Rights Community Dialogues
Youth Sustainable Development Centre has been conducting human rights dialogues in Zombodze Community. It is important to empower Emaswati, especially women and youth about their human rights to foster development, civic participation, and full enjoyment of human rights.
•Environment and Climate Action– It is imperative for youth to address environmental challenges and create sustainable solutions for a healthy environment for humans and promote the conservation of renewable natural resources.
International Women’s Day 2022
In commemoration of IWD, YSDC hosted Eswatini Young Climate Activists to hear about concrete actions we can all take in contributing towards a sustainable and equal Eswatini. https://fb.watch/cCNe1sUUHx/