“We, the Youth at the 1st African Youth Forum which took place on Robben Island from 15-19 September 2018, from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia, as a united voice, have noticed social problems and economic difficulties in our communities which include, substance abuse, gangsterism, teenage pregnancy, mortality, social inequalities, and violence.
In the spirit of the Olympic Values of Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Balance of Body, Will and Mind and Fair Play – we declare to create a platform that uplifts youth, and that carries the voice of the youth in Africa for Sport, Development and Peace so that we have a space to be heard, a space to share opportunities, and a space to mentor each other for a brighter future, for all.”
YNSDP Executive Committee
Youth Sport Leaders
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2014
My best memory: My favourite memory was on Robben Island in 2018, when we had the opportunity to lead the 1st African Youth Forum on a journey including sport, art and heritage. From this experience, the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace was borne and this was made possible through teamwork and collaboration of community leaders and practitioners.
My message: Onwards and upwards. Never give up because perseverance is the key to success.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2017
My best memory: My favourite memory was being a youth facilitator at the 1st African Youth Forum of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC), which took place at Robben Island. During this time, we were fortunate enough to lead 60 youth from 6 different African countries. From this, the Youth Network for Sport Development and Peace was established.
My message: Everything happens for a reason. Be true to yourself and always strive to do your best.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018
My best memory: When I finished editing the video at the Youth Network Headquarters and seeing the reaction of the Youth Leaders, especially considering that we had just wrapped up the conference and the 1st African Youth Forum on Robben Island.
My message: Dont be afraid of the struggles and challenges that you come across while working towards your goals, as it only makes that end goal that much. more rewarding.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015
My best memory: Being a founder of the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace on Robben Island, during the 1st African Youth Forum in 2018. Having the opportunity to contribute to the development of youth and being a ChangeMaker through sport and development is absolutely fulfilling!
My message: “Shine your Rae” – let your light of originality brighten the way for people to do the same. Be who you are, unapologetically.