“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends “ – Mary Mcleod Bethune
People in general are vastly different in many aspects, however our humanness we also share many commonalities. With the regards to the youth, whether of this current generation, or generations before, one constant appears, the nature and act of uprising.
History has taught us that generations are always faced with challenges, and the best group to represent them in changing or challenging any issue of any nature, has been the youth.
Youth Day today aims at highlighting past happenings, namely the Soweto uprising of ‘76, recognizing the struggle and the youth who were at the forefront of that fight and movement.
The second part of its significance is that it serves as a reminder of the youth’s power and ability to unite a generation, a country or the world.
It is sad and unfortunate that in 2020 we as South African’s as well as the rest of the world are still experiencing great injustices. A powerful and loud movement is underway that sees many across the globe fighting for a variety of causes, at the forefront of these are police brutality and gender based violence cases. Once again the youth have taken it upon themselves to voice the anger but more importantly work towards doing their part to bring about change.
As we celebrate youth month, it is important to keep in mind the core meaning of it. For a specific generation to take the lead and work towards ensuring a better country and ultimately a better world.
Happy Youth Month!