June 2018 – Born Frees share their thoughts on how to move SA forward #YouthDay2018

Youth Day 2018, another year goes by in South Africa and we have a lot to look back on and still so much to fix. With Youth Day having such a powerful and well-documented history in the country, we thought we would find out how the youth plans to build and grow the togetherness of Mzansi.

With the day itself also meaning different things to different South Africans, some chose to focus on the past, while others went all in on what needs to change.

We spoke to five young adults from across the country, some studying, while others have just entered the working world. These are their thoughts and ideas.

Cameron Drake (East London): Primary School Teacher

“I believe youth day is incredibly important for South Africa, particularly because we are still such a young democracy. As a Teacher, the youth are even more important to me because it is part of my responsibility to help shape our country’s future generations.”

“As a young teacher, I always try to make sure I give 100% to any student I am teaching because I want to make sure that they can do the best they can and achieve any goal they set their sights on.”

Ryan Solomons (Cape Town): IT Specialist

“I beleive Youth Day serves as a reminder of the struggles of the youth of the past. Many people disregard the history and the reason as to why there is a Youth Day as most individuals have a ‘never look back mindset. But, in learning the true history and tragedy of this day, we as the ‘youth’ increase our level of awareness and understanding as to how fortunate we currently are.”

“I’ve never been good with history but I’ve always respected it’s messages it would convey,and the reminder of “what was” as well as the efforts taken by many brave individuals to change the struggles of that time.”

Anelisa Tembani (Port Elizabeth): High School Teacher

“This is all about us and kids as future leaders, I can suggest that we must first work on our conduct as the youth, change it from bad to good. Because some of us engage in bad habits eg:alcohol,drugs or early sexual activities and many more…if our youth is good they can be able to focus on constructive things that’ll uplift the country in the future. Once more this is all about positive attitude.

“If each individual is good and all of us are good then the entire nation becomes good gradually. It takes each individual to build up the Nation!”

Kim Burrell (Johannesburg): Student

“The future of South Africa is in our hands, and it seems like not enough of us actually know what to do with it. There are so many issues that the generations before us caused and now we are expected to correct their mistakes. The problem is, that very few of us know how to make a sustainable change.”

“We live in a generation of technology, internet and social media; and that in itself places us leaps and bounds ahead of our parents. We have the resources to make a change that they didn’t. We have more resources but we have few voices being heard.”

Daniel Coetzer (Grahamstown): Student

“Making an effort to understand each other, it does not mean we have to agree, but we need to be able to talk about difficult topics passionately, try understand where the other person is coming from, and then still be able to respect and love that person even though we have very different views.”

“We should realise that although we all have very different views, many of us have the same goals, we want to see a country where women and children are protected, where there’s low unemployment, where there is justice and a celebration of diversity. Those are universal goals we can all work towards.”

Full Article:  https://www.thesouthafrican.com/youth-day-born-frees-move-sa-forward/
By: Nic Andersen