Restless Development South Africa has 20 years of experience working with young people, with a specific focus on gender and Sexual Rights. Operating from the Eastern Cape (where Human Development Indices are the lowest in South Africa), programmes are delivered in 24 communities in the O.R. Tambo and Amatole districts. Currently, we have more than 20 staff members supporting 125 young leaders’ work across five projects dedicated to supporting youth employment, improved knowledge and access to sexual health services, using their voice to bring about positive change, and mobilising 20,000 young changemakers in rural communities.
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Current challenges for young South Africans include:
low educational retention rates
high teenage pregnancy
Where we operate in the Eastern Cape, youth unemployment exceeds 50%; and the HIV prevalence rate among young people is 19%, compared to the national average of 12%.
Restless Development (South Africa) was founded in 1997 in response to the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on young South Africans and the lack of preventative health education interventions in rural communities.
Young people are in a uniquely influential position to take action against issues that concern them. We believe that long term involvement is required to bring about changed attitudes and improved livelihoods for young people and their communities, and to place young people at the forefront of change and development in South Africa.
Our programmes promote positive behaviour change, improve livelihood opportunities and involve young people in community and government development and policy making.
Restless Development aims to reach 20,000 young people on a regular and consistent basis in rural communities in the Eastern Cape by 2013.
For 2011-15 we plan to build on our advocacy work, engaging young people in policy making and capacity building other organisations. We also intend to develop our research base as a resource to inform government policy.