#YouthDay: 'Was the youth of 1976 really fighting for this?' - Anele Radebe

2016-06-18 13:00
Anele Radebe (Supplied to News24)

Anele Radebe (Supplied to News24)

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#YouthDay - When I wake up in the morning my first thoughts are, what has gone into the minds of the youth of South Africa? Was the youth of 1976 really fighting for this kind of freedom?

Many youngsters no longer care about school as they prioritise the party life. The youth has become so free, that some of them go to school because of being forced by their parents .I always wonder about how South Africa is going to be in 10 years time.

Not everyone is perfect, everyone has struggles. But these struggles have concerned everyone. There are a lot of school dropouts, many teenagers abuse drugs and alcohol and many of them get pregnant day by day. We are the future and we are supposed to be making our elders proud by putting more effort in our school work. Instead we forget about what we need for our school work, we forget about what we need for our future and follow all these unimportant things.

I feel pity for what the youth of South Africa has put itself through.

The youth of 1976 fought for better education for us but all we do is smash all their efforts right in their faces.

Today we have received a better education but we no longer have that drive and passion of working hard in our school work, completing our studies and pursuing our future dreams.

The youth of today seems to be reckless and careless of their actions. They no longer realise the importance of education. They have engaged themselves in dangerous things that will ruin their future or perhaps ruin the whole of South Africa. The elders are looking upon us as the future of South Africa, we are expected to make a good change in our country.

We as the youth are supposed to be the bright light that will solve serious problems in our country. Our brains are so super fresh and they must be of good use. We have to come up with bright ideas on how to save South Africa as it is going through a recession.

We have to compete with other countries worldwide in terms of inventions and innovations.

We as the youth are finding it hard to do the right things for our lives. We are blindfolded by things that are of no use to our lives. Things that we can do without no matter what will happen in future. What the youth of today does, is show a lack of self-respect, self-control, pride and dignity in oneself. It seems as if the youth has forgotten their roots, dreams and goals. The youth has lost direction and is drowning in a huge river of confusion.

The old generation used to compete not only for good grades with their peers, but their rights too.

Young people today are interested in alcohol and drugs, being the boss when it comes to wearing trendy clothes and also being known as a party goes or the king or queen of RAP. They worship you as The Best when you’re involved in the most popular group. They call you Mr/Ms Innocence when you are not smoking or drinking.

It takes time for one to realise his/her mistakes. The new generation sees no mistake in whatever they do, most of the things are done on purpose. We receive more than enough information about youth problems and how to avoid them but they only add to these problems.

I, as the future of the next generation want to bring change in South Africa. I want to have my own initiatives that will help the youth of South Africa defeat these challenges. No one would ever like seeing South Africa as a country that is like a crashing plane. It would hurt and embarrass South Africa citizens if they call the youth and the country losers.

Engaging ourselves in dangerous activities will not help at all. Our elders, young brothers and sisters are looking with bright eyes upon us to make a change in this world. We are bright minded and we have that potential of improving the lives of everyone in South Africa. We have everything that we need in the palms of our hands.

We have the most powerful weapon that we will use to change the world in future. We can fight these problems faced by the youth by working together. We as the youth have to be wise enough and strong enough to conquer all. Let us take from the generation of 1976. They fought for education and we have to fight for South Africa youth.

These kind of interests shall be spared. We have to go for education first and forget about engaging ourselves in all these bad things. We still have a long way to go, rather than wasting our time on alcohol and drugs. Fun will always be there no matter how old you can be.

Let us become the best generation, better than the youth of 1976. We have life, we have a future and it is up to us to make the best for our lives.

* Anele Radebe is a Grade 10 learner at Sekano-Ntoane Secondary School in Soweto; one of the schools whose learners participated in the historical June 16 march 40 years ago.

- News24 gave 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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