On the 16th June 1976, many young South Africans went out in numbers demanding that their vernacular languages be used as a medium of teaching and for an equal, quality education system for all people of color. Many students lost their lives to this heroic action and 43 years later, South Africans continue each year to commemorate it as a South African national holiday known as Youth day. It is commemorated to honour all the young people who lost their lives in the struggle against Apartheid and Bantu Education.
An article written by Alistair Boddy-Evans in ThoughtCo states that “Black people were denied an education that would enable them to aspire to positions they wouldn’t be allowed to hold in society. Instead they were to receive education designed to provide them with skills to serve their own people In the homelands or to work in labouring jobs under whites”. The mission of HWSETA is to redress past imbalances caused by the previous unequal education system and by redressing skills shortages amongst many young South Africans due to an unequal and lack of quality of education and opportunities caused by the historical education system. HWSETA is doing this through a number of projects that are dedicated towards improving access to education through providing funding and skills training to the youth.
We are wishing you all a heroic Youth day and to commemorate the day for its stands for. Let each and every one of us within our individual and community capacity strive and work towards respecting the value of the hard fought education and freedom to learn in quality facilities and the right to learn in one’s home language. Let us not derail from the true meanings of youth day and above all, to remember we are all responsible to protect our hard earned freedom and to utilise our freedom to the well-being and development of South Africa and its education.
Last modified: August 6, 2019