As we are at the end of the month of June where we celebrated the 76’ Youth Uprising and commemorated their lives, it is of utmost imperative that we understand the dilemma through diversified oppressions and challenges that the Youth of 1976 lived through. The apartheid government had ensured that progression to a better life for the Youth of 76’ be stopped dead on its track and that they should rather continue to live in melancholy.
When one looks at the issues at that time, the Class of 76 couldn't fit in what the AU Youth Charter specifies as a right by saying “every young person shall have the right to social, economic, political and cultural development with due regard to their freedom and identity and in equal enjoyment of the common heritage of mankind". Is today's Youth living according to this Charter? The answer would be an emphatic NO!
The South African Youth has the same dilemmas as in 1976 in the following respects;
1. The Education system used today ensured and teaches failure and to be a doormat. The pass rate of Matriculants doesn't even offer you a chance to go to varsity or even apply for a scholarship, let alone 'Free Education’.
2. There are no work skills that can be gained by the Youth as they progresses in life.
3. The Unemployment of the Youth between the ages of 15-24 is at 1.4 million Young people of this Country. No realized government initiatives to ensure Youth employment.
4. Absence of Young people in the Main steam Economy of the Country.
5. HIV and Aids remains the biggest killer of our Youth in this country and the Government is lacking behind in their strides to effectively implement good mechanisms to stop the spread of this epidemic.
We cannot continue to close the doors on the Youth of the country, we cannot continue having the huge numbers of unemployed Young people, we cannot continue to have young people moving into adulthood without education and training, we cannot continue having our young people depending on welfare to live because the government is stifling their opportunity to a better life. We cannot allow that the Young people of this country play fourth fiddle in the ANC government and the Economy of this Country.
We as CopeYM, we want to ensure that the future of Young South Africans is secured and realized in their lifetime. We will continue to pursue the goals and needs of the Youth of this Country.