Advancing Social Innovation

Catalysts for Social and Economic Change

Education Innovations & Youth

Pathways to Information

The Youth Innovation portfolio at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established in 2019 to support Africa’s young people to transition to education and/or employment by uncovering effective, affordable, and inclusive solutions and by supporting the accelerated uptake of these solutions in low-income settings. The portfolio’s strategy was developed after consultation with various youth development organizations as well as through engagements with young people, particularly in the areas of Lagunya (Philippi, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Langa).

The issues our young people face on a day to day basis are complex and multi-dimensional, influenced by a range of interrelated factors - they are hard to predict and hard to define. If we are to develop solutions that address these issues, we need to embrace a complexity oriented approach to develop multi-pronged solutions that seek to understand the interconnected parts of the issues we are dealing with. It is imperative that interventions look to educate young people on the opportunities out there, to quote a young person we worked with in the Philippi community, “we don’t know what we don’t know, I don’t know what’s out there”.

As such, it is important for organisations to begin to develop ground up informational pathways that look to connect young people with opportunities and information in a way that is engaging and proactive. The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be hosting two youth information days, titled Pathways to Information, these events will seek to connect young people to information, specifically information that can assist them in taking that next step.

Project Overview:

The target audience for the event will be young people (15-35yrs) living in Philippi and surrounding areas. The centre will bring on board organisations from three sectors/streams namely:

  • education;
  • employment/entrepreneurship; and
  • civil society/public sector/volunteering

Education stream:

This stream will include several organisations that could provide education opportunities for young people in the audience.

Entrepreneurship/Employment stream:

This stream will include organisations that could either offer young people direct employment opportunities or organisations that facilitate employment/entrepreneurship development.

Civil society/Public sector/Volunteering:

This stream will include organisations that could either offer young people opportunities within the civil society, public sector or volunteering space.

Please note that at this stage the hosting of the event (s) is subject to COVID rates and governmental stipulations. If you would like to get a hold of the center about this event please do not hesitate to do so.