International Youth Federation

Ghanzi, Botswana
Joined August 2018

SYNet works in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia with input in Zimbabwe. Our Mission is to support and engage all San youth of southern Africa by ensuring they are not left behind.

Presence in: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Focus: Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights

San Youth Network (SYNet) is a Non-Governmental Organization for the San youth mainly in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Its aspiration is to bring together different San youth around this designated areas to share their experiences in their diversity. San groups, all around Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa share common problems although living in different political, economic, societal, and geographical areas. The SYNet is a platform for which youth of different dialects can freely advocate and share ideas with other. This creates a strong and sensitive means to enable an environment that helps them display common interests and desires of how they aspire to change the status-quo in their own respective countries to be respected peoples of the society. African countries, mainly Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, who oppose the concept of indigenousness of the San, have marginalized the San and they remain the poorest in the regions. The SYNet, therefore, advocates their rights to access and inclusion in order be placed in making informed decisions and for those who prosper, be better leaders who have the interests of their people in their hearts.