UK Charity Number: 1155829 Zambian NGO Registration: RINGO 101/0153/14
“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties."
― Alvin Toffler
Youth-led development is more than a policy choice for youth organisations like School Club Zambia, working in the education and social entrepreneurship sector. Youth-led development is a human right which cannot be ignored, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
“States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.” – Article 12, UNCRC
It is for this reason that SCZ actively works and consistently reviews our child and youth participation levels at every stage of a programme cycle (needs assessment all the way to our impact reports). As an organisation that has 100% of its staff under the age of 35 and 25% of staff under the age of 25, we believe we can be at the forefront of youth-led development in Zambia. We have demonstrated again and again that young people can and should be in charge of their own futures.
The four key areas of youth and child-led development in practice at SCZ are our pupil-led and managed Enterprise Commitees; Girls Councils; networking events and Innovation Ambassador programme. We also conduct an annual community survey, with the aim to give young people from our schools the opportunity to tell us where they would like to see funding spent in the following year. In 2015, 49% of young people involved in our programmes told us that they wanted more opportunities to learn a vocational skill. In 2016 we re-structured our strategic and fundraising plan to reflect these requests.
Drawing and telling us "what we want to learn about next" at our 2015 girls' workshops (left)
and Chisyabulungu Enterprise Committee members (right)
Pupil-led Enterprise Commitee members at Kampasa School for OVCs (left) and Kariba South Primary School (right)