4 ways to Honour Youth Day
Youth Day is a great day because it reminds us of the power of that young people have to create change. If you didn’t know choma, Youth Day is a day that honours and reminds us of the brave pupils who fought to protect their rights to get access to equal and fair education on the 16th of June, 1976. We also remember all those who lost their lives on that day so that we, and other generations to come, can all have an opportunity to enjoy a good education. While we honour and celebrate Youth Day, here are a few things you can remember about this special day chomas.
Know and understand your past
How much do you know about the history of South Africa choma? You may have already learned a lot in school but there are many other places that can teach you a lot about what has happened over the years for us to have the South Africa we have today. If you stay in Johannesburg and you want to get a better understanding of what happened on June 16 1976, you can try and visit the Apartheid Museum or the Hector Peterson Museum, in Soweto. If you stay in Cape Town, you can learn more about what happened in the past by visiting the District Six Museum.
You can also speak to your parents, grandparents, an aunt or uncle or any other older person who might have been in South Africa during the Soweto Uprising and ask them to explain their personal experience on that day. They can tell you where exactly they were during that time, how the media reported the Soweto Uprising and how they felt when this was happening.
Celebrate young strong women
After her brother was hurt on June 16 1976, all Antoinette Sithole (Hector Peterson’s sister) could think about was getting medical help for her younger brother by running towards a car to go to a clinic. Not once was she worried if she was hurt. Today, young women like hard-working DJ Zinhle, Botlhale Boikanyo (an actress and poet) and South Africa’s ‘It Girl’ Boity Thulo, who have gone through their own problems, are a force in our country. They value hard work and enjoy what they do and that’s why many people respect and care about them.
But we don’t only have to celebrate famous people chomas. It can be that one friend who always has your back when you’re in trouble or a classmate who helped you study hard for a Life Sciences exam; whoever has been there for you, in your own way, show them that you are thankful they are a part of your life.
Appreciate those older than you
If it wasn’t for the youth protecting the rights for future generations back in 1976, who knows where we would be today chomas? So, appreciate your elders even it’s by making them tea, gardening, taking them to church with your car or just being polite.
How do you like to chill? By reading, spending time with your friends, volunteering? Whatever it is – and as long as you are not harming yourself and others - make sure it makes you feel happy and good about yourself.
No matter how young you are you have the power to make change, doesn’t matter how small. This is why today is such an important day. What does Youth Day mean to you chomas?
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