7 Born-Free Students Say “South Africa Should be Proud”

Today is Youth Day in South Africa.

Inspired by the class of ’76, Youth Day remembers the day when young African students in Soweto were punished for standing up and protesting against the iniquities of the Apartheid government, specifically a 1974 government decree that forced black schools to use Afrikaans and English in a 50-50 mix as the languages of instruction.

In memory of the lives that were lost on that day, Accolade Ubisi. speaks to seven students from Hazyview and Madlala Digital Learning Centres.

They’ve got a spring in their step, they’re positive and they believe in a better South Africa. Here’s what they’ve got to say:

Wandisile Shongwe, is a Grade 4 student from Mpunzana Primary School who attends the Open Learning Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I was not born when so many things that made our country into what it is today happened, I just hear stories about them, but I think that my country should be proud of me as a young person because I’m doing something about my future through education. I love the new world that our

Wandisile Shongwe, is a Grade 4 student from Mpunzana Primary School who attends the Open Learning Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I was not born when so many things that made our country into what it is today happened, I just hear stories about them, but I think that my country should be proud of me as a young person because I’m doing something about my future through education. I love the new world that ourcountry continues to open for us. I think that my country should be proud of me because I know how to read, write and speak in English and my mother tongue as well as use a tablet computer on my own.”

Ntsako Mandlazi, is two months away from completing her International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “The South African youth are like a breath of fresh air. We are the most talented bunch with so much ahead of us. South Africa should be proud of us because we are so brave and have always been, dating back to 1976 when we took our first steps to ensuring that we get proper education in the long run.  I am 100% South African.”

Ntsako Mandlazi, is two months away from completing her International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “The South African youth are like a breath of fresh air. We are the most talented bunch with so much ahead of us. South Africa should be proud of us because we are so brave and have always been, dating back to 1976 when we took our first steps to ensuring that we get proper education in the long run. I am 100% South African.”

Andrew Sarila is an ICDL student at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I am what we South Africans call ‘born free’. I am a post-Apartheid born child with so many opportunities. I am a determined citizen of the country up and ready to make a difference where I live, where my children will one day live too. This country should be proud of me because there is never a day on my calendar that I do not dedicate to making a positive difference in my home town. Rome was not built in one day and I too believe that we are building a nation that will be marveled upon in years to come.”

Andrew Sarila is an ICDL student at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I am what we South Africans call ‘born free’. I am a post-Apartheid born child with so many opportunities. I am a determined citizen of the country up and ready to make a difference where I live, where my children will one day live too. This country should be proud of me because there is never a day on my calendar that I do not dedicate to making a positive difference in my home town. Rome was not built in one day and I too believe that we are building a nation that will be marveled upon in years to come.”

Sqondile Khoza: “I am a young woman with access to education, I am working towards a qualification that one day I will use towards contributing towards the success of the country’s economy. I will not stay young forever. Now is my time.

Sqondile Khoza: “I am a young woman with access to education, I am working towards a qualification that one day I will use towards contributing towards the success of the country’s economy. I will not stay young forever. Now is my time.

Riflilwe Mokoena is an ICDL, English and Hospitality Student at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I think South Africa should be proud of itself for having birthed young people such as me, who are not afraid to step up, shape up and make our lives worth living. The country has so much talent and creativity mostly from the youth that is moving the nation. So I say ‘halala’ South African youth, halala.”

Riflilwe Mokoena is an ICDL, English and Hospitality Student at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I think South Africa should be proud of itself for having birthed young people such as me, who are not afraid to step up, shape up and make our lives worth living. The country has so much talent and creativity mostly from the youth that is moving the nation. So I say ‘halala’ South African youth, halala.”

Cute Sandy is an ICDL student at Madlala Digital Learning Centre (MDLC): “The youth have always formed an important part of the country as a whole. June 16 marked the beginning of a revolution for the country’s young people. The country grows and gets recognised today because of the contribution of the young people. We are the voice that stands out for our country. We share a colour in the rainbow that forms the nation.”

Cute Sandy is an ICDL student at Madlala Digital Learning Centre (MDLC): “The youth have always formed an important part of the country as a whole. June 16 marked the beginning of a revolution for the country’s young people. The country grows and gets recognised today because of the contribution of the young people. We are the voice that stands out for our country. We share a colour in the rainbow that forms the nation.”

Matimba Masinga, an ICDL, English and Hospitality student at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I went to school against all odds. Many families in South Africa come from disadvantaged backgrounds like myself, but that did not stop me from working hard to be included in the positive statistics of South Africa’s youth. As a young person, I am very proud of my country and all the effort that we collectively put into making it a better place to live in.”

Matimba Masinga, an ICDL, English and Hospitality student at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC): “I went to school against all odds. Many families in South Africa come from disadvantaged backgrounds like myself, but that did not stop me from working hard to be included in the positive statistics of South Africa’s youth. As a young person, I am very proud of my country and all the effort that we collectively put into making it a better place to live in.”

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