Education for what?

2015-01-27 05:59

We live in a free and liberated South Africa, where the youth plays a vital role in shaping the future of our country. Freedom of speech is vital and the youth is free to use this; yet we get young people who are not bothered to use this privilege. Young people of South Africa have become complacent – when it comes to voicing important issues about our country and the future. We choose rather, to go to the latest gigs where we dress to impress people who don’t even know us by name, get to work on Monday morning with a bad babalaz (hang-over). Next weekend it’s repeat, where are the forums where we can tackle the issue of economic freedom, assist one another in getting to the next level. It’s time we express our deepest desires for our country.

The SA government punts education like it’s the best thing ever since sliced bread (FYI there is nothing better than sliced bread -lol). Where are all these graduates going to work? Why are we not looking at education as an empowerment tool; it is not the only hope for a better future. Don’t get me wrong – I am all for education, however it should be geared towards fulfilling a certain purpose in life. It should be more based on upskilling a passion that one has developed from the 12 tedious years of schooling we go through in South Africa.

The education system seems to be focused on getting bums on seats, than actually grooming young people to fully utilise their passions and to educate them on how to generate income through their passions. We keep hearing that young people must do maths and science; what about the other industries which are in dire need of skilled individuals? What about entrepreneurs?  Young people are sitting at home with degree’s they will probably never use. I believe we are moving into an era, where one needs to be multi-skilled, and preparation for a multi-skilled adult starts at primary school level.

I have a huge problem with the Government’s ‘Vuka Uzenzela’ slogan they use so carelessly. How do you Vuka and do for yourself when you have not seen a model of this nature – our parents urge us to go to university, get a job and work for a good company for the rest of your life until you retire with a package. We are in different times now, where young people are accountants by day and fashion designers by night. It takes a lot of self-belief and a high level of confidence to pursue such or to consider this as a possibility. This way of living, should be introduced to young people at primary school level…allow them to dream to use their imagination…let them see the possibility of being a dancer, writer an scientist all at the same time.

It’s possible for each citizen to reach a state of economic freedom security through well-structured school curriculum geared towards the next generation of economy builders in South Africa

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