Youth Development Programme




Formation and development of youth structures, organisations and networks.

Programme Objectives.

To foster the development of district youth networks linked together and interacting with one another and reaching out to the most marginalised groups of young people in their districts and elsewhere.

Programme Activities.

  • Development of youth networks and centres.

What we do:  TAMASHA trains a cadre of community volunteers in animation skills to follow up on youth issues at the village and community level and work together with community members to identify and find their own solutions from the challenges they are facing. The guardians selected by young people themselves are also trained so that they can support the young people and also develop parenting programmes for adults in the community.

Where possible TAMASHA also provides some basic equipment, training materials and sports and recreational equipment.

Depending on the choices of its members, and opportunities available, the trained resourceful youth through their centres will provide:

  • Trainings in adolescent development including sexual and reproductive health, life skills and peer education.
  • Entrepreneurship and livelihoods, with particular emphasis on adolescent girls.
  • Recreational activities decided upon by club members.
  • Counselling and support to adolescents (self-awareness and personal development, health, legal etc.).
  • Training of young people in different areas to give them access to social entrepreneurship opportunities as peer educators, paralegals, counsellors, environmental activists, health auxiliaries, researchers/surveyors, sports coaches, etc.
  • Being consulted by other organizations to carry on various projects targeting young people in their areas.
  • Reaching out to the most marginalised groups.

What we do: We train the groups of marginalized youth in participatory action research so as to reach out their peers and feedback to local (and national) leaders and actors.  

Development of a training and support programme with the group including entrepreneurship.

Training (refresher) of youth centre members and members of the marginalized group in sexual and reproductive health and rights, life skills, HIV&AIDS, peer education etc.

TAMASHA also build capacities of the marginalized youth, promote and support participation in national and international events.

  • Research on youth

What we do: TAMASHA carries out research on youth quality of life, youth situation analysis, vulnerabilities and availability and accessibility of social services both for our own programme design and for consultancy services using participatory action research and theatre for development.

  • Training and courses.

What we do: Foundation Course on Youth and Development based on participatory development and human rights based approaches is offered for free for young people working in youth programmes and also for charged fees for NGOs implementing youth programmes. 

TAMASHA is strongly recognized in creative and participatory facilitation techniques which uses a lot of interactive methods both on process and content facilitation. Training in facilitation is offered to build a base of young facilitators at TAMASHA using a team of experienced facilitators who are also members of International Association of Facilitators. 

For consultancy and programme purposes TAMASHA design and conduct graded courses/curricula in life skills, Sexual and Reproductive Health, participatory development, participatory research. Environment (and eco-tourism), facilitation, governance, participation and leadership for young people, communication for social change (including lobbying and advocacy), tailor made courses – in response to demand.

TAMASHA has also supported build ups of training teams in facilitation and participatory development in other countries - Kenya, Lesotho, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

  • Materials development on youth

What we do: We engage in creative writing developing materials with a youth perspective basically in citizens’ engagement using comic cartoons story writing to provoke community members to take action and engage in development processes and to represent research findings.