The month of June is known as youth month in South Africa, and young people are encouraged to take charge and be like the youth of ‘76.
Events and youth celebrations continue the whole month, this year’s youth month marks 42 years since the 1976 Soweto Uprising which saw hundreds of school children take to the streets of Soweto in a protest against being taught in Afrikaans. This year’s youth month is celebrated under the theme “Live the Legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth”.
In 2015, the youth of South Africa united in a similar plight. Protesting and marching for free higher education in which many got arrested and injured in the process. The results of the year long protests which saw Universities and tertiary institutions in South Africa come to a standstill, concluded with a commission being set up by former president Jacob Zuma to look into the possibility of free higher Education in South Africa.
When looking at the youth from the 20th century and comparing it to the present youth in the 21st century, one would notice a number of similarities such as the boldness and courage to challenge the norm and take charge of their own future. Although some critics may believe that the youth of today are spoiled and lazy, statistics have shown an increase in the number of young people graduating with higher education qualifications as well as young entrepreneurs who are rewriting history and changing the narrative in South Africa.
As we celebrate the road paved by the youth of 1976 and the sacrifices they made by laying their lives for the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today, let us as young people remember that we are writing our own history, let us change the narrative and pave a better way for the coming generations. Forget entitlement and leave a legacy of empowerment, entrepreneurship and greatness. Happy Youth Month!
Eskilz College is giving away 16 HR Diploma bursaries to matriculants in Soweto this youth month. To enter, send a 2 page essay telling us why you should get the bursary. send the essay with your name and surname and school you attend to firstname.lastname@example.org Entries close 30th June 2018.