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OR Tambo School invites applications for political education course


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OR Tambo School invites applications for political education course

22nd March 2023

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor and Researcher


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OR Tambo School principal Dr David Masondo is inviting applicants to embark on a three-year youth-focused political education and training programme at the OR Tambo School of Leadership through the Ruth First Leadership Development Programme (RFLDP).

The programme is open to applicants between the ages of 18 and 40, until April 14. Applicants must have the analytical tools to scrutinise all aspects of society to better respond to socioeconomic challenges.
                                                                                                                                                                                               “The RFLDP includes both theoretically intensive classroom sessions as well as definition and implementation of practical value-add community-based programmes. With this approach, we will enhance the twin abilities to understand and solve, together with the practice of doing,” explains Masondo.


Applicants must have completed the OR Tambo School’s Introduction to Political Studies, which provides introductory insight into political education.

In addition, applicants must be “progressive activists who are active in mass-based civil society organisations, trade unions, and community-based organisations”. During the selection process of participants, preference will be given to members of the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) structures.


Masondo added that the RFLDP is a targeted programme and investment in the future of South Africa and the African continent, with a focus on young leaders and progressive activists active in African National Congress structures, PYA structures, the Tripartite Alliance, the broader Mass Democratic Movement, civil society, and business.

Over three years, RFLDP participants will be expected to complete at least two advanced OR Tambo School Strategic Courses per year.

Advancement through different phases of the programme will require at least 80% attendance of classroom sessions, successful completion of assignments, and passing various assessments.

Potential participants keen to enrol and complete the programme must submit their application through the website of OR Tambo School



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