Youth Day, a national holiday celebrated through the country as one of the key events leading up to democratic freedom in South Africa. Youth Day is a commemorative event that takes place annually on June 16th in South Africa. It is a day that remembers and honours the brave actions of young people who stood up against the apartheid government’s oppressive policies in Soweto in 1976.

The Soweto Uprising, which took place on June 16, 1976, was a peaceful student-led protest that turned violent when the police opened fire on the unarmed protesters. The protest was against the government’s decision to impose Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools, which was seen as an attempt to further marginalize and oppress black students. This event led to a series of protests across the country and is considered a turning point in the fight against apartheid.

Today, Youth Day is a public holiday, and a reminder of the power of youth activism and the importance of education in the fight against inequality and injustice. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of young people in South Africa and to reflect on the challenges that still exist.

The day is marked by a variety of events and activities, including parades, concerts, and cultural performances. It is also a time for young people to engage in discussions and debates on the issues that affect their lives, such as access to education, employment opportunities, and social justice.

While the country is celebrating, Youth Day also highlights youth unemployment which can have a detrimental effect on the economy. On the plus side however, youth are often great contributors in careers where work is done online, or with regards to online training. Since COVD19, the incidents of online work, education and communication has also greatly increased. As we remember Youth Day, let us celebrate how our youth are the future leaders, and let us prioritise the education, employment and empowering of this dynamic group, routing their energy into the positive upliftment of the country.