The national government’s theme for this year’s Youth Day is “Youth Power; Growing South Africa together in the period of Covid-19”.
Three Grade 12 pupils, Casey Baatjies, Shumeez Frans and Tamlyn Adonis from Modderdam High School in Bonteheuwel, are of the view that young people still have an important role to play today when it comes to the fight against gangsterism, unemployment and poverty.
Casey said more youth need to volunteer, even if it is at a community food garden.
“It is by time that we as the youth assist where we are needed,” she said.
Shumeez said getting rid of unemployment needs a unified approach.
“Covid-19 made it difficult for us all, but even though we are all struggling, nothing stops a community to come together to share the little they have with others who have nothing.”
Tamlyn believes the youth must speak up more.
“There needs to be more dialogue between the youth and the older generation, and it can start with our school management. Young people also have to deal with stress, and are at risk of drug abuse and sexual abuse, among others. Healing can only happen if we raise our voices.”