The best way to celebrate Youth Day is to look forward and try to improve prospects for the youth of the country, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“We can’t change what happened in the past but we can change the future, particularly in fields like education,” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.
“We have a massive youth unemployment problem in this country and one of the reasons for this is that our school system, despite adequate funding, is not producing the desired results. We are not creating the thirst for knowledge that drives young people to study and acquire the skills the country needs”
Ms Myburgh said there were many stories of how a single book had opened the mind of a young person and changed his or her life and she urged people to donate inspiring books, especially biographies, to school libraries.
“We also need to teach young people about the world of business. Unfortunately many do not understand the importance of business and how it produces the wealth of the country and the taxes to build schools and pay teachers. We are working with the Department of Education to take the voice of business into the schools to inspire young minds.”
The programme was still being designed but there were plans for a pilot project in the next few months. We hope to see successful business people visiting schools to give personal accounts of business ventures and how exciting they can be. We see this programme as an investment in the youth of the country,” Ms Myburgh said.