Youth Day
(16 Jun 2017)

june 16

Youth Day

Today is a special day for us all here in South Africa as we celebrate Youth Day, the day that we commemorate the youth of the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

The Soweto Uprising was caused when an estimated 20 000 students in Soweto took a stand against the Bantu Education Act, which was Afrikaans being the main language that students were to be taught in for a number of subjects at black schools. The students protested against this and were shot at by police, around 176 – 700 students were said to have been killed, but the actual numbers are still uncertain. There has been much talk about this over the years, there have even been multiple moves made on the subject including the 1992 musical film Sarafina! Which is probably the most iconic.

The Soweto Uprising was seen as a turning point in the Apartheid regime and South Africa's liberation campaign, as it depicted that the youth would no longer agree to be subjected to being taught certain subjects like social studies, mathematics and algebra in Afrikaans while others like home science and general science were required to be taught in English.

Now we celebrate it to remember all of those who lost their lives to liberate the youth of the future. Those such as Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was killed during the uprising, have been embadded in our memories so that the youth can know to never take what they have for granted.

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