Organisations observe youth month

2018-06-21 06:01

YOUTH day is commemorated annually in the country in memory of Hector Pieterson and the 500 other young people who took part in the 1976 protest, during the Soweto Uprising, fighting for their voices to be heard.

In present day South Africa, evolving circumstances produced generations of youth who adopted a similar perspective.

As such, today’s youth are empowered and continue to prove themselves.

The modified socio-political landscape in South Africa encourages the youth to voice their opinion and contribute to change.

In commemoration of Youth Day Ray Nkonyeni Municipality encourages the youth to stand up, like that of 1976, and shape their future.

Municipal spokesperson Simon April said due to the fact that young people constitute the majority of the population, it was important that they were guided, supported and moulded to become better adult citizens.

He said municipality has taken an approach of supporting organisations owned or led by young people who will be organising activities related to the youth month.

“We will be hosting events where young people will have a platform to deliberate and debate issues relating to their emancipation, such as the Youth Parliament and Youth in Business Expo on June 19 and 29 respectively,” said April.

Child Welfare and the Department of Social Development along with other institutions also hosted various empowerment programmes for the youth this month.

Child Welfare Port Shepstone which focuses on doing their best to ensure that children’s rights are met and properly taken care of said as an organisation they celebrated young people all year round.

During the year Child Welfare hosts programmes to motivate and encourage the youth via career counselling and a series of youth development programmes.

A social worker from Child Welfare Port Shepstone, Amanda Dladla, said:

“The youth should always be motivated to build bright futures for themselves, our programmes are thoroughly structured to keep them motivated and encouraged, we will be hosting a career day on June 27 as part of our youth month campaign, this aims at assisting students to decide on a career choice.”

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