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The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation focuses on youth work, where young people get a chance to engage on issues of racism and how they can combat it. The annual youth leadership programme includes developing an understanding of liberation history through various visits to historical sites. Through this programme young people get a chance to get their leadership and activism skills honed.

Under the youth programme, the Foundation has established university societies at the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand. The societies focus on deepening non racialism on campus and also support the work of the Foundation.