The South African Embassy wishes all South Africans a happy Youth Day!
Every year on 16 June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which high school learners stood up against the apartheid government. With the advent of democracy in 1994, 16 June gained formal recognition as an important public holiday in the history of South Africa and the entire month of June came to be equally celebrated as youth month.
This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and has been themed, “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.
Youth Day is a pivotal reminder of the role that young people played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. The Class of 1976 exposed to the international community the brutality of apartheid and in turn ignited a global force of resistance against the country, which became instrumental in dismantling apartheid.
Today, 43 years later, 16 June provides a moment of reflection on the great strides that the country has taken towards addressing issues facing the youth in South Africa. One such issue is education- the youth of ‘76 fought for equal and quality education for all and Government is seized with providing opportunities for all South African to be educated and gain the right skills to grow the economy. Government’s investment into the Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges as well as National Student Financial Aid Scheme, are only some of the ways in which we are delivering skills and training that are essential to addressing the skills gap in our economy.
Further to this, Youth Month also recognizes and celebrates the collective agency and activism of young people in South Africa and the roles that they must take up as active and responsible citizens; who are also participants and leaders in the democratic structures and processes of South Africa.
One of the ways in which the Embassy will be observing Youth Day is through supporting the I Am, We Are (IAWA) benefit reception, to be held at the Embassy. IAWA is a United States of America and South Africa registered non-profit which empowers youth in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa.
- Date: 20 June 2019
- Read More: https://iawareception.eventbrite.com.