Moving from faith-based concerns to demarginalising youths through the Circle of Courage

Beukes, Jacques ; Van Der Westhuizen, Marichen (2017)

CITATION: Beukes, J. & Van Der Westhuizen, M. 2018. Moving from faith-based concerns to demarginalising youths through the Circle of Courage. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 74(3):a5013, doi:10.4102/hts.v74i3.5013.

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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

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Although the demarginalisation of youths is an international concern, South African youths are viewed by various scholars and policy documents as a particularly vulnerable and marginalised group. It becomes essential to understand what characterises their marginalisation in order to find innovative ways to work towards their demarginalisation. In this article we reflect on current faith-based concerns and compare this with the specific characteristics of the marginalisation of young people. In an effort to contribute to the development of a strategy towards demarginalisation, we will explore the key features of the Circle of Courage in terms of the principles of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. We will further propose the inclusion of Ubuntu principles in the practical application of the Circle of Courage for churches and faith-based organisations in demarginalising youth in the South African context.

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