Things to do for this month
You might be wondering what you will be doing during your school holidays. In the spirit of youth month and in celebration of our rights and freedom, I have compiled a list of a few options that can make the decision a bit easier for you. Take a quick look at a few activities you might be interested in.
Visit a museum
We’re so privileged to have a rich history in South Africa. Museums can be your go-to and what’s nice about them is that they teach us a lot about how things were in past. Learning about your history can give you a better appreciation of Youth Month.
You can visit any centre that talks about the struggle that the youth of 1976 went through. You can do this once a month if you really enjoy it, and you can do this with your friends as well.
Visit a heritage site
South Africa is home to 8 of the world’s heritage sites. These heritage sites are found in 6 of our 9 provinces. They include, Isimangaliso Wetland Park (KZN), Robben Island (Western Cape), Cradle of humankind (Gauteng), uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (KZN), Maphungubwe National Park (Limpopo), Cape Floral Region (Western Cape), Richtersveld Cultural and Botanic Landscape (Northern Cape). So if you want to visit a heritage site and you enjoy site seeing, this is a great way to learn more about your country and appreciate its beauty.
Visit the library
Did you know you don’t only have to visit your local library when you have to study for school? That’s right! The library has many books that are written about the youth of South Africa and many other countries. Reading about the struggles and triumphs that the youth went through can help you better understand the many issues facing us today.
Volunteering is an act of willingly offering to do a task or work without expecting anything in return. If you’re looking to make a meaningful contribution for Youth Day, you can volunteer for a day. Depending on the what you like, there are many places you can volunteer at. If you don’t know where to start, simply ask at your nearest community centre.
Make your voice heard
We understand that June can be cold and you might prefer to do indoor activities instead. You can actually make a meaningful contribution to society in the comfort of your own home .#DoneWithSilence is social media a campaign about speaking out on issues that you want the world to change. All you have to do is voice your opinion on an issue you no longer want to be silent about and use the hashtag #donewithsilence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. By being part of the #DoneWithSilence conversation, you’re adding your voice so that we, as the youth, can be heard.
Most of these actives are free and educative. You can choose to do one or all of them, it’s really up to you. Do you have suggestions for me that I should try out this month? Share them with me in the comments.
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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