IN commemoration of Youth Month, PhumlaniM Foundation visited Bashise Primary in Mvutshini recently. The purpose of the visit was to teach pupils the true meaning of 16 June. Phumlani Mzobe, foundation founder and one of the guest speakers at the event, reminded pupils that this remains a special day not only for the South African youth, but also international children. “Going to school was never easy as most of our heroes had to repeat classes more than twice because of a lack of schools in rural areas and townships,” said Mzobe. He said the day is not a public holiday meant for drinking and indulging in drugs, as many do. Mzobe said he was concerned about the increasing number of girls who fall pregnant while in primary school. “What do you call this thing of yours? Young girls as young as 11 are getting pregnant, this is a risk to your general health. “This is not what Steve Biko and Anton Lembede fought for.” At the event Miss Gamalakhe, Maneti Dlezi spoke to the female pupils telling them about her journey and the lessons she learnt in the process of being crowned Miss Gamalakhe. “Miss Gamalakhe is not just a pageant, it is a platform for young people to meet great minds and connect with their communities,” said Dlezi.She told them to look after themselves and develop self-love before expecting anyone to love them. “Independent thinking is very important in a world that constantly takes advantage and undermines women.” Principal Mr Mzotho and organiser Phaphaza Lubanyana said they were pleased with what speakers had to say. Mzotho said the visit will have a huge impact on pupils and will bring change.