As we celebrate Youth Day and commemorate those who felt the need for change and participated in a collective to enforce change, we are reminded that we are responsible for our path. The current situation in our country has seen many failures than wins. There has been much to be desired about “Freedom” and its impact. The efforts of those who perished in the hands of minority who defended the status quo are being redressed by the majority who has no Goal and a Plan.
1-Education is mainly free yet the infrastructure is dilapidated
Youth who came to our schools in those years to stop schooling to decry education system would be disappointed that we still have pit latrines and kids that studies under a tree when leaders have been majority for over 27 years. What matters to the education investment cycle if other puzzles are missing? We still need more time? I doubt.
2-Youth taking charge
Youth again group is considered 35 in SA however Youth leaders a cheered at threshold of 45. Our younger political generation remain the resources to enable the elders to lead. They are the voice that will elect the worst leaders whose terms were marred by corruption and killings. Our Youth would sing songs of struggle as if their struggle will come later. When do we agree time for Youth to lead.
3-Politics and Business
Political participation has become the fastest opportunity to be in a position of employment. It is like those who make noise are well recognized than those that makes a point. Businesses are failing in the hands of politicians whose roles are never documented. It is only when they create a new economic monopoly when we see people rising against them and institute commission. No one is creating legacy that is adorable and this failure creates a believe that Youth must demand business only to fail to implement due to lack of skills. It tells there is no viable plan to develop and inclusive society.
4-Youth in communities
Communities are the main forces that can change the world. With access to technology Youth can change the narrative in their communities. Due to lack of opportunities locally, Youth migrate for work and when they visit home they never participate in community development programs. Lack of trust between community, traditional leaders and politicians have created a vacuum where Youth remain spectators in community programs unless is a soccer team. When do we say it is time for Youth to take charge of community initiative
5-Youth and lifestyle
We live in an Era where so may opportunities are passing Youth because they are looking elsewhere. Youth spend time having fund and yes enjoying their money and life. Where there is no guidance Youth become alcoholics, abuse alcohol and some become fathers and mothers raising kids who may not be part of economic opportunities due to lack of financial support. Youth in business spend more time celebrating contracts and use up profits and fail to finish work. Youth in politics remain vocal but they are happy to be fed food and alcohol for support than ideas.
So much have gone wrong and as we celebrate this day (June 16) we must remember time is not waiting for us. In no time we will be grandparents still thinking we are Youth. Yes few has climbed the ladder, not without pain but once on top they removed the ladder. It is time we connect everyone with the future they want and start using ideological debates to instigate change we want and that can only happen in community structures up to the level of political structures. To win, we need education, knowledge, discipline and commitment to see change during out youthful age. Change needs people who value time