It’s South Africa’s 40th Year Anniversary since the soweto uprising on June 16 1976…
This years theme is: YOUTH MOVING SOUTH AFRICA FORWARD.
On 16 June 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium.
The demonstration had been planned in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.
However, the police and armed forces responded to the protest violently and the first fatality of the day was Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old pupil who was shot by the police. It is believed that 175 others were also killed that day.
This violent backlash to what was meant to be a peaceful march caught the attention of the international community. After this event, many countries imposed sanctions on South Africa in an attempt to force the apartheid government to ease its repressive rule.
The future of our country depends on the moral upbringing of our youth. The youth in my definition is – “Our Future Leaders”. The way in which the community, parents and leaders of our country influence our youth will have a direct impact on the way we as the youth vision our country. Good leadership influences our thoughts, our actions and the way we perceive ourselves and the world as a whole.
There are many challenges that are faced by the youth of today that in return will have a negative impact on society and our country.
From the lack of Education, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, peer pressure, poverty etc are some of the challenges that influences our youth negatively everyday.
One can learn a lot from our youth of 1976 such as:
Bravery – We should be brave, tackel any obstacle and stand tall. We should fight for nothing less than education and success because as our late former president Nelson Madela Said, The World can rob you of everything besides your knowledge.
Unity – we as the youth should always stand together, put on a strong front, stand in unity and make sure we build an incredible South Africa.
Passion – The Youth of today should look up to the Youth of ’76 and stare in their eyes of passion and go out there and turn our dreams into a reality.
Be Opinionated – We (The Youth) have the right to voice our opinion especially in cases were it seems like we are being unfairly treated. We should speak with authority, bravery and make sure that we are heard!
As the youth of the current generation, we should always look back at our Youth of ’76 and gain inspiration and motivation from them. We should build the courage from within our souls and tackle each situation with the ultimate bravery, passion and unity.
We as the youth should become active leaders in our school, homes and society. We should become positive role models in our community and always think before we do.
We should strive to be the best at all times and be sure to carry out the Legacy of the Youth of ’76 and fight to become better.
Let’s keep the Legacy Alive!
We Are The Youth,
WE ARE THE FUTURE!!!
The Bokem Legacy Aims To Uplift The Youth Of Our Country By Sharing With You The Stories Of Success Of The Youth…
Here’s a list of the Youth/Youth Groups We Are Featuring On Our Blog This Month:
1. Tashnika Rambali (Cancer Fighter)
2. Game Changers (Croftdene Savite Youth Group)
3. Lashveen Mahabal (Thee IT-Dude)
4. Cleopatra Lerato Mokone (Growing Leadership Network)
5. Deveshni Naidoo (Indian Tamil Classical Singer)
6. Jashen Joel Govindsamy (Jashen G- DJ/Producer)
7. Antonette J Kistan (Winner – Chatsworth’s Got Talent 2015)
8. Tyrone Community Development Organisationt (NPO)
9. Farrell Drew (Top Actor Top 10 Contestant)
10. Judaine Naidoo (Fashion Designer)
IF YOU KNOW OF ANY UNSUNG YOUTH HEROES IN YOUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, THEN DROP US AN EMAIL & WE MIGHT FEATURE THEM SOON…
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On Behalf Of The Bokem Legacy we would like to wish every Child in the World a very #HappyWorldChildrensDay!
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