Youth given spiritual guidance

2016-06-22 06:00

THE 20 Something Youth Empowerment Conference held over three days, from Thursday (16/06) to Saturday (18/06) in Bloemfontein, aimed to help the youth to embrace spirituality.

This initiative of the Eagle Christian Church in Bloemfontein coincided with a series of events during Youth Month.

This year marked 40 years since the June 16 youth uprising in 1976, when hundreds of black learners in Soweto protested against oppression by the Apartheid regime, which used the Afrikaans language as an instrument to achieve its objectives.

With the dawn of freedom having opened many possibilities for youth empowerment, the Eagle Christian Church opted for spiritual empowerment targeting the youth.

Past. George Swarts said the conference created a platform for the youth to make their voice heard and empower them spiritually, economically and politically.

He said they had identified the hosting of a conference focusing on spirituality as vital to bridging the gap between generations.

“There seems to be a vacuum between the old and new generation and this communication breakdown manifests itself in modern ills such as violent protests on our university campuses, at schools and in communities at large. The youth is angry and bitter, feeling that no one understands the issues they grapple with,” said Swarts.

In an effort to inspire the youth, the young entrepreneur, poet, writer and first runner-up in the TV series One Day Leader, Ludwe­kazi Ndlazi, was invited as guest speaker. Swarts said the aim of this was to show other young people it was possible to achieve good things.

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