“Let’s make Ubuntu” International Youth Exchange Programme 2017 – 2018

12 – 27 April 2017 in Oldenburg, Germany

19 March – 3 April 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Facilitated and organised by the Southern Africa Development, Research and Training Institute (SADRAT Institute) and the Jugendkulturarbeit e.V. Oldenburg (Youth Cultural Work Oldenburg (JKA) and its network


Experiential youth exchange programme between Germany and South Africa which develops young people’s critical thinking, creativity and resilience in collaborative projects.


The Southern Africa Development, Research and Training (SADRAT) Institute, the Arts and Culture Department of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa (SA) and the Jugend Kultur Arbeit (JKA) in Oldenburg/Germany have partnered in a joint vision of enhancing cultural development, stimulating critical consciousness and behaviours for positive youth development and strengthening civil society in both countries. The South African youth for the exchange programme are selected from three projects: The School@Home Project; Youth Drama groups in Walmer and the cheerleaders of the Arts and Culture Department at NMMU.


This exchange will bring youth from both countries together for fourteen days to share experiences and insights and contribute to creative youth development initiatives. The first youth group from SA will visit Germany from 12-27 April 2017 and the German youth group will visit SA in March 2018.

Fifteen youth will travel for each exchange but over 200 young people will benefit from locally-based integrated youth development programmes of academic tutoring, lifeskills and leadership development and creative writing workshops as well as art classes, entrepreneuship training and drama groups.

You can support this two-year youth leadership programme by giving a donation.

“Let’s make Ubuntu” SA/German Youth Exchange.


Purpose of the Programme

To withstand the widespread negative influences in their communities such as gangsterism, drug abuse, and violence, South African youth need support.  The primary focus of the programme is on positive youth development which addresses confidence, competence, character, connectedness and civic involvement (Richard Lerner 2006).  The campaign will help finance a selection of cultural and educational activities, drama workshops and conflict management processes as well as assist to:

  • uphold the idea of unity in diversity by bring youth of different backgrounds together;
  • promote social cohesion by enhancing communication between communities and developing change makers; and
  • strengthen the voice of youth to propose nonviolent strategies for positive change (for example, verbatim theatre).