YOUTH VOICES IN SOUTH AFRICA: ECHOES IN THE AGE OF HOPE. By Gerard Boyce
LESS REFLECTION ON TODAY’S YOUTH.
I feel that the youth is not well understood and heard.The older people expect the youth to mimic their actions when they were youth. That is not possible given the opportunities and the circumstances we face today.Another issue is the kind of challenges we face today are totally different from what the experienced.All that they had to worry about was freedom and a better life for all, but today we face many issues like, HIV/AIDS, Unemployment, climate change and also trying to bridge the gap between the previously advantaged and disadvantaged.
Most believe that we do not appreciate the freedom that they fought for .We is simply wasting it away on unimportant things. For example: the now popular hip hop culture, one may not decide to go the academic route but venture a career in hip hop, the adults will never accept that as something that one may make a real living out of it.
The talk today did not really reflect on the youth today. I do not believe that a study conducted on people less than a hundred will depicts what a million people think and feel about certain issues. I also feel that the study was not so much engaging with the youth in general, it just felt like perceptions of one-sided thinker.
In terms of race, I think that the youth have the same issues about related issues. The only problem would be on the socio-economic classes. For example looking at black and white youth, in as much as they both may know what Facebook is, but they both don’t stand equal chances to accessing it.