June 16 – Youth Day


“Live the dream the youth of ’76 died for”

June 16 is a special day for South Africans. It marks the day when the students in the Soweto townships revolted against the Bantu Education Act of 1953 and the decision the government in the Apartheid Era to make Afrikaans a medium of instruction for certain subjects in black schools.

Many students lost their lives fighting the racist educational policy that saw blacks receiving poor quality of education.

Today, 41 years later, I stand proud with two university degrees. A dream that the youth of ’76 died for. I’m thankful for their sacrifices.

However, not everyone is as fortunate as I was. We still have a long way to go as a nation. A lot of the current youth can’t afford to study. They’re still bound the chains of poverty. Studying at a higher institution of learning is still a luxury. We need to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to study at these higher institutions of learning without the stress of finances. Movements like #FeesMustFall are testaments that their spirit lives on in us.

I hope in the next 41 years, we all can live the dream the youth of ’76 died for.