#YouthDay: Too many class clowns, not enough thinking pupils - Emmauel Mufano

2016-06-16 16:20
Emmauel Mufano (Supplied to News24)

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News24 hands the reins to students for Youth Day 2016

2016-06-15 16:38

News24 invited 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.WATCH

#YouthDay - Forty years ago, high school learners from all over Soweto decided to March against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. But today young people have different struggles.

When I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are, "What is life going to throw at me today? What day is it today? What time is it? Does the time and day it is permit me to embrace my bed for an extended period today?"

Hi, I'm Emmanuel Mufano (15 years) and this is life for me. I wake up every morning not only with simple thoughts in mind, but I also want to become somebody, not just anybody.

I think about being famous, being known for something that is great. I think about being rich and want the world to notice me. But I look at reality and how my reality makes all those thoughts seem like nothing but a fantasy. That will never come to pass, reality seems say. But reality also reveals to me that in me lie the hopes of my entire family.

I realise that my parents have made mistakes, mistakes that affect me, mistakes that I need to redress.

So I get dressed, make my way to school five days a week to make my parents proud.

No room for failure

It's sad to see how good education is not appreciated by the youth of today as much as it was by the youth who fought for it 40 years ago.

I am what people may call a nerd. My definition of a nerd is someone who studies excessively to leave no room for failure, pushes hard for success and excels.

I have to say that gaining knowledge at school has become hard like concrete, not because we have bad teachers, but because they sometimes talk about the unnecessary and some of the kids are very disruptive! It’s as if they have a brain but they don't think.

How is it possible that we have more class clowns in school than there are clowns in the circus? Teachers find it hard to control students who just want to do their own disruptive thing and I find it hard to focus or effectively study at school with all those voices echoing in my brain during class.

It's so stressful at school that if school was not compulsory I would rather stay at home and let it be history. Even getting to school is nothing close to being delightful.

When I arrive home I almost worship the silence, and to relieve my stress, I listen to music or play video games just to try and forget about my day at school. This is how I choose to empty my mind so that I can be able to study or do homework if I have any. Some of my other interests are dancing and doing gardening too. I'm not addicted to social media like almost half of the teenage race.

'I do what I must'

School and finishing it are the biggest obstacles and responsibilities for any teenager. I am very conflicted about the idea of school, but I know it is the only key that will open the right doors for me.

I do not feel the need to rush into life, like many of my teenage peers.  I've watched curiosity mislead some and our corrupt society indulge others, swallow them right to the bottom where it reeks of failure; they become low lives. I have been tempted by peer pressure but I've manage to turn it down because I already feel enough pressure. After mining through life like a slave I want to be the one out of those I've seen fail to reach the gold and the treasure at the end.

The next challenge after high school would be getting into university, but I work hard and pray hard. My parents do what they can and I do what I must. World, here I come!

* Emmauel Mufano, 15, is a pupil at Oval North High School, Mitchells Plain.

- 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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