Schools take part in Youth Day celebration

2018-06-27 06:00
Teachers, pupils and visitors commemorated isiZulu at the local event. PHOTO: supplied

Teachers, pupils and visitors commemorated isiZulu at the local event. PHOTO: supplied

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PUPILS from different schools were taught about the importance of knowing and understanding their language.

This was done at an event organised by local book writer Kwenzakwenkosi Hlongwane, in commemoration of Youth Day, at the Lay Ecumenical Centre in Edendale this past Saturday.

Hlongwane said that this was the first time that he had organised this event but he intends to make it an annual one.

“I have noticed that, in our area of Pietermaritzburg, there is nothing much that is done relating to the fight of the youth of 1976. Youth fought for more than their home language, that is why it is important for me to teach the young generation that knowing your home language is very important.

Our youth now seem to forget their language and they prefer speaking or using other languages because they think it is easy and even though some of them speak IsiZulu the quality of it is not so good, it has so many mistakes,” he said.

He said this event included both high school and primary pupils.

The pupils had to compete in different tasks relating to their home language, isiZulu.

“I was very impressed with some of the pupils who seemed to know a lot about their language.

“We need to preach to our children, everyday, that they must not forget who they are or where are they come from. Youth Day is not just a holiday, it is something that we must always cherish and respect and it must always remind us of where were are coming from.”

The pupils came from Sanizwile Primary, Kwapata Secondary, Edendale Technical High School and Henryville Primary School.

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