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Youth Xchange Programme in its 4 Year

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South Africa: 24 young people from 3 countries in the Southern Africa are in Johannesburg, South Africa taking part in the induction process for Southern Africa Youth Exchange (SayXchange) Programme.

The 24 are from Malawi, Mozambique and the hosts South Africa and are to volunteer in community service exchange programme as one way of taking ahead regional integration.

According to the Project Manager for Southern Youth Exchange Bento Marcos and information provided on their website, SayXchange was developed by the Southern African Trust in collaboration with implementing agency AFS Inter-culture South Africa, following xenophobic attacks in South Africa during the first half of 2008.

Youth in Action

Youth in Action

“These attacks were sad examples of a lack of knowledge, ill-informed preconceptions and a poor understanding of the different realities and social issues that plague the countries of the Southern African region.”

“SayXchange crosses borders and aims to promote regional integration and a Southern African regional identity amongst young people. Young people are encouraged to become positive influences in their communities and countries and encouraged to become the key drivers in overcoming poverty in the Southern African Region.”

The participants from Mozambique and Malawi arrived in South Africa through O.R Tambo International Airport on Tuesday and those from Zambia are expected to jet in on Thursday as well.

The programme started in 2010 between South Africa and Mozambique then later spread to Malawi and Zambia with young people aged 18 to 25 being sent to work in community based organizations.

The participants apply then go for interviews before being sent to work in different countries.

Meanwhile Love Life organization has also come in to partner with already existing organisations in the programme.

Participants

Participants

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