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National Youth Development Strategy 2007/08 – 2011/12

Department of Social Development, Republic of South Africa Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards South Africa 23 February 2007 Policy document child and adolescent, child/youth protection

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As necessitated by the unjust and inhumane policies of the past regime, the poor social and economic standing of young people hampers their ability to live a fulfilling life, realize their potential and participate meaningfully in the social, political and economic mainstream activities of society.

The National Youth Development Strategy is based on the inputs provided by young people, and youth serving organisations through a series of provincial and national consultative processes. These processes included hosting a National Consultative Seminar in 2004 with the Youth Sector and other key stakeholders. Provincial public hearings were also held in five provinces to solicit the views and inputs of young people.

These above processes focused on what youth want so as to inform the strategy. This National Youth Development Strategy implemented over a 5-year period, outlines the contribution to be made by the Department of Social Development in ensuring the development and the well being of young people.


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