5 things you can learn from the youth of 1976
The youth of 1976 were #DoneWithSilence when it came to inequality and racism. They stood up and fought for their rights to get an adequate education, for example. Even though there may be similarities to the struggles that we fight for today like the #FeesMustFall movement, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn still learn from the past. Here are five things we can learn from the youth of 1976:
Stand up for what you believe in
The youth who peacefully marched to Orlando Stadium were tired of living under conditions that made it hard for them to be young and free. Despite their obvious fear, they courageously refused to be treated badly by those around them. There are many issues facing us today as young people and we should also choose to stand firm, even when we’re scared.
The courageous youth of 1976 teach us that when we work together towards a common goal, we can be more successful at making our voices heard by the world. When we share the same vision and the willingness to work together, we will find it easier to meet our goal for gender equality, access to education and basic health care.
The right to access education
Part of the children's bill of rights, is the right to education. The youth of 1976 believed that the apartheid laws did not afford them quality education and they made sure that their voices were heard. Their legacy still lives on because women can also get an education, and everyone has the freedom to study wherever they want (without being separated because of their race).
Women can be leaders
Young women played a very important role in the success of the youth movement. They took on leadership roles which prove to us that women are capable of succeeding as leaders if they’re given the opportunity to shine.
Your voice matters
The sad reality is that our society makes it hard for us to speak up against the injustices that we experience. If we’re not criticised for not being active enough, we’re criticised for talking too much. Well don’t let this discourage you, Choma because the high school learners of 1976 experienced great challenges as well, but they knew that their voices were powerful enough to change South Africa.
As the youth today you’re faced with unemployment, poverty and gender-based issues. But your time is now and you must be willing to use these lessons in your efforts to make a difference today. But while you stand firm, collaborate and voice your views remember to do it peacefully because violence leads to destruction! One way you can do this is to simply say that you are #DoneWithSilence, using the hashtag and the reason why you’re done with silence on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
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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