Dialogue for youth to speak up

2019-07-04 06:01
Some of the youth who attended. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of the youth who attended. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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In an effort to create a platform for the youth to discuss their challenges, Dream Factory Foundation in Gugulethu organised a dialogue for them.

More than 50 people attended the event held at Gugulethu Library last Friday. It was a question and answer session with the theme “Are we fulfilling our dreams as South African youth?”

The youth lambasted government for the high unemployment rate which they think is causing people to develop bad habits.

The community development officer for the foundation Seipati Titipana said the reason they wanted to have this dialogue was to create a safe space for young people to engage with each other.

“We want them to express their emotions and be open-minded about issues. them. We also want to promote social cohesion,” said Titipana.

She said the event was part of celebrating Youth Month. “Because of the high unemployment rate people have lost their hope in government. Some of them are suffering from depression and others join gangs,” she explained.

Titipana said as a foundation they have programmes in place to assist them. “We have a support group called Dream Buddies where they network and share information and computer coding to empower them in technology,” she said.

One of the attendees Thimna Mrhweba described the event as educational and supportive. “This is a great initiative for young people. It boosts our morale as some of us started giving up because we are unemployed,” she said.

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