When I look back at the youth of 1976, I feel ashamed to say, “I am a young person.” Thus is, because I am comparing the youth of 1976 with that of today. Every June 16, in the country, we celebrate and commemorate those who gave up their dreams, future and lives when fighting for our freedom. If there was something to be celebrated and commemorated about the youth of today, what would it be?
Would it be because, we are victims of substance abuse, high rate of dropouts, high rate of crime, high rate of unemployment, reckless sexual behaviours, and high rate of teenage pregnancies, high rate of rape, high rate of illiteracy, lack of parental care, lack of parental guidance, lack of self discipline and the lack of self control? Or would it be because we are the perpetrators of crime?
Ignorance has been a silent killer of young people, up until now! Young people ignore the repercussions of engaging in sexual activities. They ignore the effect of alcohol and drugs in their bodies. They ignore the outcome of dropping out of school and the lack of education. They ignore the drastic behaviours caused by the lack of self control and self discipline. They ignore the long-lasting impact crime has on the lives of victims.
More and more young people are engaging in sexual activities at a very young age. They resort to such due to so many contributing factors which may include; peer pressure, poverty and more. The result is, the high rate of teenage pregnancies of which greatly increases the possibilities of being infected with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and Aids. This results in the government spending more money on anti-retroviral medication, meaning less money to be spent on more important areas; education for one, and eradicating poverty.
It is believed that we are the future leaders, the Doctors, Advocates and Engineers of tomorrow, though on the other hand, we all have the potential of being criminals if we don’t change. It is young people whom rape elderly people, pick-pocket, and commit thievery and other forms of criminal acts. What does this tell you about this generation? How does this portray the future?
With regards to the future of this nation in particular and the youth’s behaviour there is great call for concern. Taking into account that young people only have such great passion to pursue their humanly/ lustful desires and absolutely no determination, eagerness and devotion to succeed, the future of this nation is bleak.
Young people should wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late. The government has established non-profitable organisations for young people to study business and entrepreneurial skills. Young people should make good use of such platforms. There are community services and volunteer work available for young people to part-take in. Young people should learn to take initiative. It’s time we stand up and be counted. It’s time you become the change you want to see.
Rise and shine young people! We forever claim that we are the future leaders but what are we doing to develop and fully equip ourselves into future leaders? We forever claim the future is ours but what are we doing to show it is ours? The future belongs to those that prepare for it now! The steps you take today define you tomorrow. The decisions you take today determine the future. It all begins with you, as it took one man to dream of freedom and a thousand more to act on that dream. Do not die and perish young person, rise and shine, and claim what is rightfully yours, and that is the future!
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