“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama
On Sunday, 16 June, the youth of our country will once more commemorate Youth Day- a day in 1976 when youth from various communities stood up in protest against an unfair and poor quality education system.
Yet 37 years later it would appear that the history of a government and education system failing the youth of our country is evident in various provinces once more.
Together with this failure in our education system we are also noting a worrying increase in youth unemployment over the last decade, alarmingly high H.I.V/AIDS infection rates amongst the youth (year after rear) and a culture of substance abuse.
So many promises have been made by our government to address these youth issues, yet nothing decisive has been done or implemented- our government is failing us once more!
Sadly as the youth our voices are silent and we are not as united like our peers were in 1976.
But we must not lose hope, as long as we hope change is possible. The time for us to awaken is here, the time for us to make our mark in our countries history is now.
Let the youth from every rural and urban area awake and in unison say “We need Change, We are that Change- and OUR time for action is now”
Cllr. Tertuis A Simmers
DAY Federal Chairperson- Training & Development
DAY Chairperson- East Region