The Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP)
The Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) is a vibrant exposure and exchange programme for young staff members of IFWEA affiliates and associated labour organisations. It takes place annually and is hosted by the IFWEA Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa at the historic labour heritage site, Community House.
For 2022, YGAP took place in person in Cape Town, South Africa during October. The purpose of the training is to let participants get new or advanced knowledge in international work. Together during the journey, delegates worked at building a global knowledge bank that allows ideas to be developed around the labour movement’s continued work in both the north and the south.
The programme is intended to develop the next generation of worker educators who can provide the global labour movement with the education required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
Who can attend YGAP?
Young educators, trade union and youth leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 years, who are computer literate, speak English and are committed to building a democratic labour movement.
How long has YGAP run?
YGAP has been convened annually since 2012 and has thus far developed more than 100 young internationalists from 15 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sweden and Sri Lanka.
What is the aim of the YGAP programme?
The programme creates awareness and produces worker educators and organisers who can confidently design and deliver education on global solidarity in their home countries. It nurtures future worker educators.
To get an idea of what YGAP has been up to, the theme for YGAP 2021 was Climate Change and a Just Transition under the title The Dawn of the Apocalypse?. The online programme was open to young educators and activists from around the world. Read all about how the programme unfolded here, see the 2021 YGAP Postcards here, and visit the gallery here
New publication on YGAP
“It’s a life-changing point for me”: Critical consciousness, collective empowerment and global awareness as activist identity change in ‘popular education’ is a new publication by Sarah Jay, Maura Adshead and Sahra Ryklief, published by the European Journal of Psychology of Education. This mixed method study draws on the Social Identity Approach to Education and Learning and proposes that the participatory, peer-to-peer learning during IFWEA’s YGAP leads to activist identity change, where critical consciousness, collective empowerment and global awareness develop as group norms. Find out more and download the study here
How has the programme been structured?
Participants attend a seminar programme at Community House, Cape Town, South Africa, facilitated by IFWEA Secretariat staff with input from participating IFWEA affiliates. The seminar programme encourages reflection through informed and purposeful interaction between the participants.
Placements are created for participants to immerse themselves in practical grassroots experience through exposure to organisations working on issues relevant to labour and social movements. Areas of interest include labour research; labour and community media; labour, rural and community organising; climate change; and gender.
The programme concludes with participants producing an educational, multi-media postcard to take back to their organisations. Participants receive guidance on cultural sensitivity and media ethics before preparing their postcards. You can view the postcards from 2012 through to 2019 on our YouTube channel here