Being Young: Issues Youth Face Today
Choma, in a recent poll I asked you what the biggest issue is that young people in South Africa face today. With it being Youth Month, I think it’s important to start a conversation about what issues our country’s youth face. What do you think the responses were? Read on to find out!
If you’re under the age of 24, you are part of South Africa’s youth. And is it just me or does it seem like young people are rarely ever asked what THEY think are the most important issues impacting them? We hear people discussing what the youth needs, but never really listening to what they have to say.
Involving youth in the “decision-making process” means listening to what young peeps like yourself have to say and taking your thoughts and suggestions seriously.
Lack of access to education and educational material
In the recent poll I put up, 38% of you chose “lack of access to education and educational material” as the biggest issue that SA youth face today. Unfortunately, many students still do not have access to quality education, tutors, textbooks and other assistance. This is especially true in lower-income areas across the country.
As you can imagine, this lack of access to education means that many young South Africans can’t study further (such as at college or university) and struggle to find work when they leave school. This is also linked to high rates of youth unemployment in the country, which impacts the economy negatively and is a big issue that government is trying to deal with.
Furthermore, education is vital to creating gender equality. The truth is that many girls still do nothave access to education in South Africa, or are encouraged not to pursue their studies.
Lack of feminine hygiene products
The second most popular response with 25.5% in the poll was the “lack of access to sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene products”. This issue effects girls’ ability to attend school as well. You can find out more about this here.
The good news is that there are some resources available to help students out.
- You can find a lot of useful work books and past papers on the Department of Education
- If you are a matric who needs help with finals or has failed their finals, visit HowToPassMatricor read this article from The Citizento find out how you can get help.
- For a list of bursaries for tertiary education, visit Bursaries SA.
- For more information on internships and learnerships, visit Internships South Africa.
Education is the key to success, and it is also your right as a South African. If you are struggling at school, know that you are not alone and that it’s important to speak about the issues you’re facing. Communicate with an adult, teacher or principal about the issues you’re facing. You can even contact the Department of Basic Education(primary and secondary school) or the Department of Higher Education and Training if you have any comments or questions for them.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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