Youth

Tensions Have Risen At #FeesMustFall Protests

As organisations that work to protect and advance the right to protest, we note with concern the situation on various university campuses across the country.

Tensions have risen to an all-time high with the shutdown of many universities across the country, the widespread use of force, interdicts, arrests, private security and police brutality on campuses.

Police and Security on Wits Campuses

Police and a full security contingent will be on all Wits University campuses on Tuesday as lectures resume.

“It is not ideal to attend classes with police at the doors of learning, but I am left with no choice,” vice chancellor Adam Habib said in a statement on Monday.

The full security presence was due to the harassment of some staff on Monday. He apologised to staff members who were intimidated, threatened, and forced to leave their offices earlier in the day.

Zim Crisis Affects Mostly Youth

Non-governmental organisation, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), says the country’s youth find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 
The organisations states that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has affected mostly the country’s youth, who find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 

Youth Loses Interest in Politics – Survey

A survey by Afrobarometer shows that the youth in Africa are losing interest in politics.
 
Joseph Maniragena partnership officer at African Monitor says that, “Young people see politicians as corrupt people and therefore they are not inspired. Young people‚ specifically in South Africa‚ don't see any change. Political parties come during elections ... After elections‚ politicians don't come back.”
 

Women, Youth, Let Down by NGOs – Adamu

Peter Adamu in his article titled ‘Women and youth activism a let-down’, says that he has the opinion that the work and voice of human rights and civil rights activists has been compromised by the political happenings in Zambia.

Adamu argues that he has always echoed the need for people especially those working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or civil society organisations (CSOs) to be sober and focused on the work they are meant to do.

​Mentorship to Fatherless Kids in SA

In South Africa now, research shows that one in two children will grow up without their fathers, a worrying statistic that can have devastating effects especially on boys and on society.

Thuthukani Ndebele, a researcher with South African Institute of Race Relations, points out that: "You are looking at about 35 percent of the population being children and if you look specifically at data on absent fathers you find that something about 14.6 percent of kids have absent fathers.”

Why Your Child’s Education is as Much Your Responsibility as It is the Teacher’s

Magadi laughs with delight as she tells of how her son, Matheatsie, a seven-year-old learner in Grade 2 at Moipone Primary in the Free State, completed a sum by himself for the first time. “It took me by surprise. We’d been playing maths games together, counting on his fingers, for a long time – and then, all of a sudden; he showed me how he had developed this new skill.”

Call for Child Protection to be a Year-Long Commitment

The Department of Social Development says it is working on making child protection a year-long commitment.

The department’s director-general, Connie Nxumalo, points out that children need to be protected as they are the future of any country.

Government and civil society say they plan to spend the next seven days – during the Child Protection Week to pay attention to some of the difficult issues faced by South Africa's youth.

​CSOs, Local Church March Against ‘National Pledge’

Civil society organisations and local church have staged a demonstration in Harare against the introduction ‘National Pledge’ by the government which they dismiss as a bid to brainwash to brainwash school children with ZANU PF propaganda.
 
At the end of last month, the government, through the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, directed all students to spend the April school holidays mastering the national pledge.
 

Give Rural Youth A Chance

South Africa is a young country, with most of the population under 30. Many of these youth live in rural areas – often seemingly forgotten by the state until it’s time to vote.

There are hundreds of young people on farms in South Africa who have their needs ignored by politicians and decision makers. According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), 759 127 households with an aggregate population of 2 732 605 people lived on farms in 2011. There are 987 467 potential voters living in farms and aged between 20 and 39.

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