Social Development Minister Visits Salesian Project – MissionNewswire

Salesian Institute Cape Town Youth Projects welcome visit of Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missionaries with the Youth Projects of the Salesian Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, welcomed the visit of Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development of South Africa. Zulu visited community organizations in Cape Town that provide education, job training and job placement to young people affected by the country’s high unemployment rate.

During the Salesian Institute Youth Projects, Zulu visited the Learn to Live Skill School, Porsche Mechatronics, Waves of Change Maritime Training and the Youth Work Readiness Program.

Zulu said she was struck by the enthusiasm for the Salesian alternatives offered to unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She pointed out that her brothers attended Salesian schools in Eswatini (Swaziland) and noted that she also attended a Catholic school.

Since 1910, the Youth Projects of the Salesian Institute have been helping homeless, unemployed and poor young people. Through various programs, Salesian missionaries provide accommodation, education and workforce development with the goal of meeting the basic needs of the young people they serve while helping them break the cycle. of poverty.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects offers five main programs that help young people in the region. The programs are an outreach program, a home for homeless youth, a life skills program and two workforce development programs. The programs are run by a diverse group of individuals, and some live on-site to support youth in the home and outreach programs.

“Salesian Institute youth projects offer poor and at-risk young people the opportunity to gain an education in areas they might not otherwise have access to,” said Fr Gus Baek, Director of Salesian missions, the American development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Courses provide high-quality employees to hiring industries while providing students with meaningful employment.”

Poverty is widespread in South Africa with more than half the population and over 63% of children living below the poverty line, according to UNICEF. A significant percentage of the population struggles to survive on less than a dollar a day. The country is plagued by high crime rates and violence against women and girls and has been the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS crisis in the world. There is an urgent need for education to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus and help lift young people out of poverty.

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