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University of Venda Launches Voices Unite Project for Students and Youth Digital Active Citizenry

NYAKALLO TEFU

 THE UNIVERSITY of Venda has joined forces with In On Africa United (IOA) in the creation of a digital platform called Voices Unite, a ground-breaking student engagement platform and national research study focusing on young people in South Africa. It is a project of “In On Africa (IOA) Proprietary Limited” and was initiated in response to the need for youth to become more empowered in decision-making for a better tomorrow.

A group of delegates from Voices Unite visited the University of Venda to introduce students to this digital platform, where they can share their views and ideas about priority topics that could influence policy and decision-making at institutional, cooperate, non-profit and governmental levels.

The Voices Unite team was led by the CEO of In On Africa who visited the University of Venda to introduce the project to students. The Voices Unite is a digital platform for young people to share their views and ideas about priority topics that could influence policy and decision-making at institutional, cooperate, non-profit and governmental levels.

The platform would be the largest youth-focused digital research survey targeting youth from ages 18-34.

The collaboration will allow universities to have access to student’s perceptions and views that could influence decision making.

The presentation was followed by interactive session with students. Students shared their views on the presentation and the Voices Unite initiative, while facilitating decision to evidence-based interventions and ensure that students converse their needs better.

In a statement, the university says Voices Unite was initiated in response to the need for youth to become more empowered in decision-making for a better tomorrow.

“It is anticipated that the platform will address key challenges faced by youth such as unemployment, state of education and social issues and bringing transformation”, said the University in a statement.

The University together with Nobuhle Hlangoti (Head of Voices Unite) and Elizabeth Chinanga (Head of Partnership) hosted a group of students to test the digital platform.

Students shared their views on the presentation and the Voices Unite initiative, while facilitating decision to evidence-based interventions and ensure that students converse their needs better.

The University says the platform is set to reach 2+ million post-school students including a minimum sub-sample of 1000 unemployed youth.

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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