vulnerability to manipulation for youth councillors
First, there were suspicions among youth councillors from certain municipalities that the change in attitude (discussed previously) to youth issues by local authorities is an attempt to gain politically. These suspicions were quite strong among youth councillors from local municipalities and were clearly articulated and expanded in the focus groups also. To provide a contextual understanding, this research collided with preparations for local government elections in South Africa. As participants claimed, the youth council was crucial in recruiting potential youth voters. Their allegations regarding the influence of this political climate on the functioning of the youth council was quite strong. If these allegations are sincere, they point towards youth's susceptibility to manipulation within the municipal youth council. The second concern reported as making some youth councillors vulnerable to manipulation, was in relation to their disadvantaged positions, that is, being jobless.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
youth leaders' participation in school councils, youth councils and youth organisations in South Africa
youth participation as a means for enhancing democracy, influencing policy, promoting citizenship etc.
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
In terms of the design, the study focussed on a single district, however, participants were drawn from various institutions and settings within that district. As generalisability is never a focus in qualitative studies; to obtain an accurate setting perspective (one focal point of the study), multiple institutions had to be included. Furthermore, the multiple institutions were selected to enhance the chances of finding a diverse perspective from youth, and also a range of projects and approaches. Two qualitative techniques were used to generate data: focus groups and one-on-one, face-to-face, in-depth interviews. The latter type of interview aimed at generating data pertaining to the first two objectives of the study. In-depth interviews were preferred as they allow one to obtain detailed information upon which people's perceptions are built (Seidman 2006; Note: This is a secondary source. For more information, please check the bibliography of Phaswana 2008). Focus groups were specifically used to achieve the final objective that aimed at investigating the influence of the setting on youth's experiences. The purpose here was to enable debate among participants.