Learners team up with News24 for Youth Day

2016-06-15 14:04
Learners learn from Community Editor Bevan Lakay about managing News24's social media. (Tina Hsu, News24)

Learners learn from Community Editor Bevan Lakay about managing News24's social media. (Tina Hsu, News24)

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Johannesburg - News24 invited several learners from around the country to spend Wednesday with us, in the run-up to nationwide commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising.

- What challenges face our youth today? Let us know your thoughts here.

“Forty years ago, hundreds of Soweto students lost their lives at the hands of apartheid police for protesting against the forced introduction of Afrikaans as a language of tuition at all schools,” says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24.  

“We wanted to acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice by taking an honest look at what the struggles of today’s youth are.  And the best way to do that is through the eyes of South Africa’s school children.”

“June 16, 1976, changed the course of South Africa’s history and we wanted to honour that by doing something different this year,” added Basson.

“Thousands of brave children, led by Tsietsi Mashinini, stood up against the oppressive apartheid regime and demanded quality education. They paid a bitterly high price.

"Today we are seeing protests of a different kind on university campuses. The youth of 2016 are protesting against high tuition fees and untransformed academic spaces. Unemployment is high and technology is disrupting legacy industries.

"We want to hear the voices of this generation and that’s why we’re inviting them into our newsrooms,” says Basson.

Thando Tshabalala, Linga Myeni, Luluto Ntshakaza, Chanuca Vermaak chat to Channel24 editor Herman Eloff at News24's offices in Cape Town. (Tina Hsu, News24)

We also asked several scholars from high schools in Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State to write essays on what their generation’s biggest struggles are, which we will share with you on Thursday, June 16.

Sinazo Mandela, Noluncumo Maxengana asking a question at the News24 offices in Cape Town. (Tina Hsu, News24)

Multimedia Editor Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath sits with Leboganag Nyalungo in the Johannesburg offices. (News24)

“We specifically asked the Soweto schools that were central to the 1976 protests – Morris Isaacson High School, Naledi High School and Orlando West High School – to nominate pupils to participate in the project. At least half of the participants will be from schools in Soweto,” said Basson.

Visit the News24 website on Youth Day to read their articles & follow the live coverage on Twitter @News24 with the hashtag #Soweto40.

- News24 will give the youth a voice on our platforms for Youth Day. A group of learners share their thoughts with you. What does youth day mean to you? Let us know your thoughts here.

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