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World Youth Day for Democracy: Youth and Politics

18 Oct 2019 at 13:01hrs | Views
Sipho Ndlovu
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Dear Editor

World Youth Day for Democracy: Youth and Politics

On this day it is pertinent to discuss the role of youth in driving change. Youth have been the drivers of social change through protests against the powers that be; for example, Fees Must Fall in South Africa and the change of governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Burkina-Faso. How can the youth make sure that the radical protests are sustainable and systemic? One of the ways is for youth to actively participate in political discourse because that is the platform from which policies that affect them are made. Sitting back and complaining will not give us the results that we desire.

A paper by Guruza and his colleagues highlighted that youth centred manifestos should be prioritised by all political parties, so that the future of their loyal youth after the elections is clearly stated. Absence of this approach will lead to youth feeling socially marginalised and political excluded. Another important factor is that youth should be educated about elections and their democratic right to vote, because as Jay Griffiths said, "…A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge is not a true democracy…..".  The majority of Africans are below the age of 24, meaning Africa is predominantly a young continent. Therefore, governments should expand platforms for youth to exercise their democratic muscle and to ultimately develop their individual countries, Africa and the world at large.

Sipho Ndlovu

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