This month, the South African node of the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) (hosted in SALDRU), participated in a networking workshop organised by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the “Northern 8” (N8) universities of the UK. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate collaboration and provide a platform for joint projects amongst the ARUA network and the N8 universities.
While the transition from adolescence to young adulthood is a crucial life phase, most of South Africa’s young people are negotiating this period in the context of multiple challenges of deprivation. Of great concern are the close to one third of 15 to 24-year-olds who are not in any kind of education, employment or training (NEET), totalling just over three million youth. With a growing body of research pointing to the harmful long-term effects of such a disconnect on these youth, a SALDRU-led coalition project is in the process of designing an intervention programme that can give these youth support and that is tailor-made for their individual circumstances.