About Engage South Africa

Engage South Africa believes in the power of all our youth to change societies for the better. We understand that our youth have an important contribution to make in South Africa and that by investing in our youth we invest in our future.

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With my.voice, Engage South Africa provides an 8-week Leadership and Active Citizenship Course that promotes: Critical thinking, Public speaking, Debating, Responsible Leadership, Voter Education and Active Citizenship.

my.voice is targeted specifically to high school learners, offering them the knowledge, skills and platforms to learn to ENGAGE, SPEAK and LEAD in our democratic society.

The course is developed by a team of top academic and teaching professionals from University of Oxford (UK), Windesheim University (Netherlands), University of Johannesburg and Monash South Africa. my.voice enables an environment for young people to build their confidence, appreciate diversity and realise their unique place in society. my.voice encourages all youth to contribute to society as citizens in whichever career path they choose.

Research has shown that a “greater interaction with political ideas is likely to result in more positive judgments about democracy, and correspondingly, more negative views about autocratic forms of governance.” (Mattes from Democracy in Africa Research Unit.)

Engage South Africa is committed to safeguarding and strengthening democracy in South Africa and globally through the promotion of active citizenship and meaningful participation of youth in society.

Our Values: Engage South Africa does not affiliate with any particular political party, religion or ideology. We promote honest and constructive dialogue, awareness, tolerance, non-violence and positive engagement of youth in society. We believe in human rights, responsibility, freedom of choice and the power of diversity. We actively promote equality in terms of gender, race and economic opportunities and condemn all forms of discrimination.

Time to make a great investment!

Become part of the my.voice movement and contribute to the promotion of democracy and human rights for all South Africans.

my.voice course

The my.voice course consists of 8 weekly sessions with groups of 15-30 high school learners. The course is delivered at the school premise as an extra-curricular activity, lead by qualified Engage South Africa facilitators. The course includes a post-assessment that measures the learners’ progress in six critical development areas:

The course is proudly African and fosters decolonized and diverse perspectives, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, human rights, peace education and the constitution of South Africa.

The methodology of delivery is based on transformative training theory, experiential learning and encourages inclusivity of the youth voice in the training room.

Youth Voices Festival

my.voice is much more than an 8-week commitment and will continue to promote and engage youth civic participation through social media campaigns and our Annual Youth Voices Festival.

The festival connects youth across cultural and economic divides and links debating and public speaking with pop culture and art.

 

my.voice will:

  • Develop youth leadership skills
  • Increase critical thinking skills
  • Build confidence through public speaking
  • Promote the ability to debate and dialogue effectively
  • Increase awareness about relevant national and global topics
  • Provide the understanding, knowledge and skills to participate meaningfully in democracy
  • Foster youth’s passion and capacity to lead positive social change
  • Connect youth across South Africa

What our students say about us:

“my.voice allowed me to be more aware and knowledgeable on political, social and environmental issues. It has been a safe space to think about who I really am. I feel more confident in myself and in my knowledge and understanding of how the world works.”

“What I enjoyed the most was the way everything was taught, the fact that we were very involved and we had a lot of fun.”

“my.voice has challenged the way I see and think about life and the things around me. I have realised that things like state forms, the government, economy and social issues actually affect me as well. my.voice also helped me realise that I do have the ability to lead and be a leader and that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

“my.voice motivated me to take leadership, to make my mark and to prove that I do have the ability to lead at school. That’s why I will run for prefect next year.”

“my.voice has definitely made me open my eyes to how the world operates and the many other options of how it could operate. I have thought more out of the box and been open to different views and beliefs. It has also taught me how to listen rather than just speak.”

 “I am making a commitment to vote. Before my.voice I did not consider it important, but now I make a commitment to use my voice and vote.”

Our Team

We are a unique and growing team with members from all different walks of life and have extensive experience in the fields of: youth education, leadership, citizenship & participation, democracy promotion, academic research, master training & facilitation, curriculum development and online learning.

Diana Haag
Co-founder & Managing Director
diana@engagesa.com

Thembile Ndlovu
Director of Business Development
thembile@engagesa.com

Tidimalo Moeketsi
Fundraising & Partnerships
tidimalo@engagesa.com

Bronwyn Dugtig
Co-founder
bronwyn@engagesa.com

Gugulethu Mkandla
Course Facilitation

Seymone Moodley
Digital Marketing Partner
CEO Malteez Consulting

Field Specialists:

Dr. Victoria Graham
Head of Research and Quality Assurance

Ilse Roos-Gravemaker
Head of Learning Development and Online Delivery

Media

An inspirational young South African who has mentored numerous young leaders, Bronwyn has found herself on the podium winning… Read more.

Articles from Change News.  Helping South African youth to find their voice. Read more.

A South African team wins international business plan competition. Read more.

The McGuire Business Plan Competition, an initiative corroborating innovative entrepreneurial ventures… Read more.

Daily Vox 10 Reasons why South Africa doesn’t suck… Read more.

Latest newsletter from ISSUU. Read more.

Swiss Press article about my.voice and Engagesa. Read more.

Social Media

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"my.voice is a great programme"

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"But the best part of it all is watching the learners grow each week and come into their own unique selves"

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my.voice is not taught - it is experienced!✨

We explore youth leadership and civic engagement through games, group work, role plays, discussions, reflective activities and many more.

Our facilitators are absolutely key to the success of my.voice!
Thank you to an awesome team! 🧡

with Gugulethu Mkandla, Tıdı Moeketsı
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"my.voice changed or rather influenced the way I think a lot because I usually thought that all the constraints/problems that we have as a country or communities are issues that only the government must deal with, not us. But now I know that us as the youth or future leaders of tomorrow, we can make a change in our society." my.voice participant, Sgodiphola Secondary School, Cosmo City

If these ladies had their own political party, they would call it Pride of Lionesses and it would tackle gender-based violence, increase matric pass requirements to 50%, promote women in the corporate world and fight crime, xenophobia and inequality. ✊🏿😊
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Partnerships

2017 Winner of the International McGuire Business Award

Promoting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

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