When we opened our doors in 2005, our primary Vision was to help young people live healthy lives. This included developing tools that would address HIV and AIDS, TB and the many other cross-cutting critical health and lifestyle issues they face on a daily basis. Over time, our work with partners, donors, and the communities we serve, helped us develop a growing understanding of the ever, and fast-changing, landscape, our young people live in - and the urgent implications this has on how we educate young people and prepare them for their future.
Being a young person in South Africa is not always easy. Growing up is a journey often burdened with the effects of a seemingly unrelenting HIV/TB epidemic and educational systems are still recovering from the country’s previous inequalities. Not to mention issues of poverty and unemployment. Nonetheless, OneVoice South Africa (OVSA) and its partners, are proud when we see how brave and inspiring young South Africans are; as they bring boundless energy, passion and fresh ideas to the table, and their commitment is critical to building a healthy tomorrow.Building a Future
In 2019, in recognition of this spirit and potential, and in order to promote prosperity and good governance in South Africa, and help close the skills gap and mitigate unemployment nationwide, OVSA broadened its scope of support to young people. As part of this expanded focus on young people living ‘meaningful lives’ – we now offer accredited training under the Services SETA New Ventures Creation qualification, as well as various non-accredited trainings that focus on Workplace Readiness and the importance of Future Skills in accessing job opportunities and job creation.
A ‘highlight’ collaboration, was the 2019 ‘Upskilling Volunteers and Promoting Community Engagement project (UPVCE)’ in partnership with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa of the U.S. Department of State. This project focussed on recruiting volunteers and interns from TVET Colleges in Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg, who were then trained on basic professional skills such as Emotional IQ, Project Management, Time Management, Communication Skills and Office Etiquette skills. This Workplace Preparedness solution, developed by OVSA, has been refined over time, and OVSA is now able to support young people on an educational journey that develops their knowledge and capacity to live responsibly and healthily, as well as build realistic futures as rightful and valued contributors to our still fledgling democracy.
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