In our commemoration of youth month, we must identify our dream and fulfil it in order to build a better society we all envisage. Franz Fanon was spot on when he said: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it, in relative opacity.” The 1976 generation has discovered its mission and fulfilled it in relative opacity. It is therefore fundamental for the current youth to take a leaf from the 1976 generation and overcome today’s challenges in our quest to build a better society for all of us.
The challenges we face today are completely different from the ones faced by the 1976 and ours need a different approach in order to spare our dream from adjournment.
Challenges such as societal ills and communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and others need the vigorous energy of the youth to be defeated and laid to rest. We need overzealous youth who are prepared to die in the battle for making Africa a better place to live in. Unemployment and poverty should be attacked from all angles and minimised to serve our continent from further shame and delayed progress.
History shows that the failure or success of any country is solely determined by the preparedness of that particular country’s youth to revolt against the challenges faced by that country. The youth must be pioneers of change and community development. The youth of Africa must invest their energies in transforming themselves through education and entrepreneurship.
This is a clarion call to mobilise the youth of South Africa in particular and Africa in general to start initiating the desired change in their respective corners that they occupy. Change can be manifested from all walks of life depending on our preparedness to initiate it. June 16 must not be turned into another talk shop but it must become a beacon of hope for the youth to start making some changes in their respective lives and that of others.
Alcohol and drug abuse must be substituted with reading and venturing into small and medium sized enterprises. The creation of a knowledge society must takes centre stage amongst our youth in order to fulfil our dreams and aspirations.