Project Overall Aim
To prepare young people to develop as active citizens possessing basic democracy and leadership skills and educational curriculum towards and beyond matriculation for public achievement.
The Key Objectives of LAPA include:
- to educate and train learners about democracy and leadership
- to bridge skills gap in schools and complement curriculum for better results
- to expose learners to public achievement initiatives through participation
- to implement a youth leadership network for learners
After participating in the LAPA initiative learners will be able to:
- think and act differently as active citizens and in practicing public leadership
- plan and implement school-based projects
- interact with public representatives including elected leaders
- display acceptable public habits, self-confidence, interest in democracy and nation-building and life skills for their personal growth as well as in the public interest
Project targeted beneficiaries, attendance, learning themes and duration
The project targets all learners in Representative Council of Learners (with an acronym RCL) in secondary schools across Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. The total intake may range between a minimum of 40 to a maximum of 60 learners. The project is not only limited to learners in the RCL but also opened to those learners not in the RCL but have interest in learning about democracy education and leadership development.
The duration of the project is 12 months and the participants are expected to meet twice a week each session lasting for an hour. The LAPA sessions are facilitated by a trained facilitator from Letsema Centre who will be expected to work closely with the relevant educator. Learners will also attend Winter and Summer camps during school recess periods.
The main learning themes cover, inter alia, leadership, democracy, human rights, free and fair elections, media skills, public participation, what is local government and how it works, role young people in local government and personal leadership development. The participating learners are also challenged to implement two projects a) identify a public issue or a problem in their respective schools and then run an awareness or public campaign and also implement the project and b) produce a school newsletter.
LAPA Action Plan
|Month 1-2||Elections, Inauguration and Induction Workshop|
|Month 3||First LAPA Parliament: Discussions and mapping of the various challenges facing the school|
|Month 4||Second LAPA Parliament: Project Plans Presentations|
|Month 5-10||Third and Fourth LAPA Parliament: Projects Implementation and Debates concerning Service Delivery|
|Month 12||Certification and Year End Celebration|