Copy from the Jews, Soweto youths told
SOUTH Africa's youth can learn a lot from the Jewish community.
Speaking at an Ubuntu Dialogue summit in Soweto this week, the Reverend Joe Chawane came down hard on the youth for being ignorant of their past.
"This is the 'I don't care' generation," he said.
But, Chawane said, Jewish people were successful because they were connected "to their history".
He presided over the first part of the forum, which focused on the relevance of the June 16 youth.
Chawane called on youngsters to adopt the principles of "community leadership and information gathering", which were employed by the youth of 1976 during the anti-apartheid struggle.
Chawane shared the platform with clinical psychologist Dr Ketso Moorosi, who spoke on "Youth Aspirations and Threats versus Parents' Expectations and Shocks".
The summit, which was organised by Popini Artistic Creations in collaboration with the Gauteng education department and Total South Africa, was aimed at encouraging dialogue between the youth and their parents.
"We need to reclaim our youth," said event organiser Mabutho Sithole.
He said parents today had to grapple with multiple negative forces such as drug abuse and rampant teenage pregnancies to keep the youth focused. Sithole added that forums should be conducted frequently to combat such problems.
"If we inculcate the spirit of engagement we will be able to understand the depth of young people's thinking," he said.
Sithole also pointed out that much support was needed from corporate South Africa to allow more forums to take place.
During the debate, some youths complained that parents were ignorant and did not pay sufficient attention to their challenges.
Parents raised concerns about lack of respect and the fact that young people spent too much time chatting on social networks such as Facebook and Mxit.
Sithole's parting words were the observation that: "Africans have begun to look down on their principles and philosophies."