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.
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, YGAP was held digitally in 2020. Affiliates Sunderby Folkhögskola and ABF Sweden, together with YGAP delegates, developed an online game as an education tool. 21 participants from 12 countries took part in October 2020. The YGAP GAME-JAM connected social activists and game developers/programmers from around the world in a unique collaboration. The game that was developed is interactive, educational and exciting; called Fierce, it raises awareness about the urgent challenges facing the labour movement. The YGAP team were drawn together from Cape Town, Islamabad, Bridgetown, Harare, Abuja, Minsk, Lisbon, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Colombo, Brussels and Phnom Penh.
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.
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