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Eric Koketso Shikobela
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The youth is the future

16 June 2017, 20:30

The youth is the future, the future is the youth.

The youth and the future will always be linked, because none can exist in the absence of another.

A nation that fails to invest in the future of its youth is a doomed nation. The youth is a significant symbol of strength and persistence.

The youth of 1976 has clearly demonstrate the capabilities of the power of unity with a purpose and the strength of profound minds. These young heroes and heroines have definitely changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. The youth of 1976 should not only be celebrated, they should be imitated.

They should be remembered as young lions. The brave and courageous ones that roars. The youth of 2017 should take some time in this youth month to meditate on the example the youth of 1976 has set for them. And the sacrifices they made to make it possible for today's youth to enjoy certain privileges in today's education system. It is very disturbing to see how today's youth underestimate the importance of education.

Some of them drop out of school, some of them go to school without priorities, only a few of our youth understand the importance of education. I quote President Mandela; Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face.

So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.
The youth of 2017 should wake up to the reality of today's  challenges and difficulties. Today we are faced with; unemployment, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and crime. We have to take a stand against anything and everything that threatens the possibilities of a brighter future. I compare the youth of 1976 with young lions.

I could like to compare today's youth with young eagles. Today's youth must learn to have a vision and focus as an eagle. Our youth must definitely be redirected to reach greater heights. Happy youth month to all the youth of South Africa, Fly young eagles fly! 

About Eric Shikobela: Shikobela is a minister at Holy Faith Family Church and an aspiring social and political consciousness author. At present, he is busy penning his first book – with the title: Invisible Victories. 

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