Passing on the baton – An intergenerational dialogue by ITI and partners IJR & DWF

It is essential to invest in the youth, our future economic, political and civic leaders. A new initiative aims to ‘Hand over the baton’ to young role players who have shown potential in their respective communities and sectors be it business, civil society, student, religious and labour environments.

“In April 2016 twenty young people will join former leaders of yester year in South Africa’s fight for democratic freedom on the first leg of a journey of learning together about leadership qualities and the kinds of process wisdom that are required to take our country and continent forward.”

This unique project is being organised by In Transformation Initiative in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Democracy Works Foundation.

The facilitators for the event are Chris Spies and Nomfundo Walaza and with them will be a group of approximately seven other political and thought leaders of the past who will facilitate and deliberate with the 20 selected up and coming leaders in several dialogue sessions and thematic talks. A carefully chosen group of current well known SA leaders will also be brought into some of the sessions to share stories and experiences of their journeys of leadership.

The main themes for the dialogue are critical in deliberating how we arrived at the crossroads we seem to be at as a nation. Understanding of our current political context, identifying areas of commonality and understanding how the bastions of change can best help the younger generation to take the lead.

This will include lessons from the pre-1994 struggles, understanding racism, outlining the causes of socio-economical exclusion and poverty and plotting a way forward.

A report will be released following the workshop held in Pretoria.

The In Transformation Initiative aims to promote the principles of the South African peace making model in different conflict situations and in on-going transformation challenges within South Africa, Africa and around the World.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation aims to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions.

This training is made possible with the kind support of the Norwegian Embassy in South Africa.


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