Youth Leadership programme

  • Photo: Fort Hare Autumn School 2015 Group, © FES South Africa

Fort Hare Autumn School

The Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) was established in 2011 over several informal conversations between a group that would come to be known as the “founding fathers”: Prof Francis Wilson, former Chairperson of the Council of the University Fort Hare, Dr Petrus Strijdom, Director of Fort Hare’s Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa and the former Director of FES South Africa, Axel Schmidt.

The founding fathers identified the need to expose young leaders to an opportunity to transform closed system thinking and design. These are often underpinned by flawed assumptions such as – in economics for example – the necessity of free markets and growth and the sovereignty of economics from ethics and politics. It seemed obvious that matters ranging from the simplification of problems to the need for a critical consciousness, distortion and preconceived notions in analysing problems, soundness of argumentation and the practice of proper dialogue can best be tackled by a new generation of aspiring and inspiring young leaders. The Autumn School was designed as an intervention to create a new leadership culture in SA. It is meant to provide for a specific civic education programme supplementing the formal academic curriculum of university students. The participants graduate with significant growth towards greater maturity and political understanding.

The Autumn School aims to sow some seeds of free and critical thinking and an understanding of Social Democracy in promising young students. Such knowledge together with a sound academic formation enables some of the young generation to become active and socially responsible citizens who could lead the country further and closer to the aspirations of a better South Africa for everyone. It is about developing young leaders who will later contribute to and shape the political, economic and social debates of this country.  

Fort Hare Autumn School Alumni

Fort Hare Autumn School Alumni

Founded in 2016, the Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) Alumni Network unites all students and graduates of the FHAS Programme. more

Events

15.05.2019 | Promoting Democracy and Civil Participation, Youth leadership programme | News, Event

Fort Hare Autumn School 2018 Cohort Graduation

The Friedirch Ebert Stiftung South Africa hosted a Graduation Ceremony and Reception Dinner for the FHAS class of 2018 on 18 April 2018 at Hogsback...


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28.03.2018 | Youth leadership programme | Event

Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy

The FES South Africa will host the Fort Hare Autumn school module one in the Eastern Cape at Hogsback from 30 March to 4 April 2018.


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Recent Publications

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Coopération multinationale Sud-Africaine en Afrique

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