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SPECIAL THANKS TO DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

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Sir,

There are three kinds of people; those who make things happen, those who watch things happening and those who wonder what happened. On June 16, 2022, the country joined Africa in commemorating the Day of the African Child. Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Themba Masuku visited different schools around the country during this month to listen to young people out there. An unknown author once said; “Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die.” Special thanks goes to the DPM for recognising the importance of availing himself to the pupils and interacting with them in terms of answering questions and taking into consideration the concerns they raised.

Characters

According to abbreviations.com, the word youth denotes five different characters that need to be displayed by young people. The first letter, which is ‘Y’, stands for ‘young’. This means that for someone to be considered a youth member, he or she should have lived a short period of time. There may be different views of how a young person is expected to behave in terms of taking full responsible of him or herself. The second letter is ‘O’, which denotes the word ‘outgoing’. This means a youth member should be friendly and socially confident. When you are socially confident, it means you don’t allow yourself to live a lonely life, therefore, interacting with other young people for new ideas as well as accepting errors and moving on, is crucial. After attempting and failing in a particular milestone, it is important to try connecting yourself with relevant people who have achieved what you are attempting.

Achieve

The third letter ‘U’ stands for the word ‘united’. United is one of the aspects that are required to achieve what cannot be achieved by a single person. John Donne said; “No man is an island.” This means a person requires the company and support of others and society as a whole in order to thrive. Unity is important, not only among the youth but everywhere. The Bible, in Matthew 12 verse 9 clearly states that every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. This tells us that some milestones cannot be achieved without unity. Nothing can outshine united young people, so it is important that if there is something that concerns young people, especially that involves their future, they should stand up and bravely face it without fear.

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free, says the Holy Bible in John 8 verse 32. The simplest thing that sets a person free is the truth. It is worth noting that ‘T’ stands for ‘truthful’. The main aspect of sin is the promise of freedom. Even from the first temptation, in the Garden of Eden, a young person, Adam, assumed that defying God was a way to control his own destiny, yet the opposite was true. Nothing enslaves like a sin, it corrupts your thinking, controls your actions and destroys your peace. It is therefore a mandate of every youth member to stay truthful at all times. What is special about truth is that it does not have the element of changing, what was true in the 20th century is still true in the 21st century.

Happiness

To wind up, the last letter ‘H’ stands for happiness. Young people will clearly understand this one because happiness is one of their favourite aspects of life. It is inevitable to run away from the fact that young people face numerous hardships, but being happy should not be denied a chance. You will not be happy because you have all you want, but because real happiness is from within. One of the ways to do this is not comparing yourself to others, because you can become too invested in the lives of others and lose track of your journey. United, outgoing, truthful and happy young people are an atomic bomb, there are no chances of failing.

 

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