Goal 3: All young people on pathways to productivity

Young people living in South Africa experience multiple vulnerabilities depending on their geography and life circumstances. Young people need income to survive, participate in society and to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. But structural, individual and socio-economic obstacles stand in their way.

Rodney Mntambo receives instruction from Innocentia Vilikazi, a welding instructor, at the Don Bosco Skills Development Centre in Ennerdale, Gauteng.

Evidence shows that far too many young people are leaving school without completing their matric or other post-secondary education, which limits their chances of further learning, earning and other possibilities. We know that reaching one’s full potential goes beyond economic participation, which is why the support that young people require must take into account the different social, physical, socio-emotional, economic and environmental factors that signify well-being. It must start early, in homes, communities and schools so that young people are supported to complete their qualifications, don’t become discouraged when applying for work opportunities, stay employed for longer and can seize opportunities for building a productive life.

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