Exploring the potential of after-school programmes in addressing the youth crisis in the Western Cape
Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2016.
ENGLISH SUMMARY : This study explores whether after school programmes have a role to play in addressing the youth crisis in the Western Cape within the next 14 years. Using an environmental scan and scenario exercise, this article examines the multitude of negative internal and external antecedent conditions or ‘risk factors’ (themes, trends and events) that form part of young peoples’ lived experience in the Western Cape. The article proposes that this complex milieu of factors can be distilled into four overarching clusters; identity and belonging, agency and ownership, family foundations, and community cohesion. It is argued that after-school programmes have the potential to play a critical role in young people’s lives through providing a protective environment during high risk times. Furthermore, through intentional programming on the factor cluster themes, they could promote and support a young peoples’ journey into independent adulthood. However, to address the youth crisis in the Western Cape over the next fourteen years, after-school programmes need to be ‘best-practice’ quality and delivered at scale. As a result the timeous galvanisation of collaborative action between government, business, academia and civil society is critical.
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