managed by R. Stary
Bridging Gaps e.V. is a non-profit organization, which is operating in Germany and South Africa.
Our vision is to overcome inequalities that currently exist in our society by improving access to education and uniting young people in South Africa.
Our first goal is to support future leaders that are willing to take responsibility for the society as a whole. We achieve that goal by offering special trainings so that they can improve their social and leadership skills and mentoring to guide them on their individual path. We also encourage them to help with the projects of our organization and give them the opportunity to take responsibility for other teenagers.
Our second goal is to offer access to good education institutions, especially tertiary education, for young people that are limited in their possibilities due to a lack of resources. Besides offering financial support, we also guide these young people on their way to achieve a successful education, find employment and grow as individuals to contribute to the society in a positive way.
Our third goal is to make a contribution to lower prejudices between different social groups and reduce racism on a societal level. We want to achieve that by offering camps or trainings to give people from different backgrounds in the society a chance to interact and learn from each other.
The first phase of our youth exchange in South Africa took place over the New Year and the young people enjoyed the time together to the fullest. The 10 participants from Germany arrived in Pretoria on December 28, 2019 and dealt intensively with exciting topics such as racism and privileges as well as the sustainability goals of the United Nations.
In workshops and discussions, the young people gain interesting insights and develop new perspectives. One participant even noticed that she felt she was learning a large part of her school knowledge. But of course the young people also have enough time for fun and also to make new friends. Dancing together at the New Year's party has been the highlight of most of the participants so far. In the coming days, the team will go to Johannesburg to get to know the city and the history of South Africa better.