You cannot teach a person something he does not already know, famous philosopher Galileo once argued.
He said: "You can only bring what he does know to his awareness."
This analogy rings true about the value of Sowetan Education's Power Your Future(PYF), a powerful resource for high school pupils wishing to become capable, responsible and inimitable masters of their own destiny.
So get ready because PYF is returning to your living rooms, store shelves and street corners on Wednesday.
The PYF education supplement is packed with innovative, informative and entertaining goodies designed to augment the knowledge pupils gain in the classroom.
It targets youngsters, aged between 17 and 24, and delivers printed, news-packed editorials and biology, English, physical science, mathematics and geography tutorials.
It is supplemented by the live tutorials delivered by experts on the subjects on SABC1 on weekdays and on Saturdays.
You simply cannot go wrong with PYF.
Its avid readers are able to become independent, critical and analytical individuals because it fills all the imaginable gaps prevalent in the public education system.
It also supplements the roles and functions of the teachers.
PYF will in future carry financial literacy lessons. What's more, if your school does not actively and practically teach career guidance, PYF provides career-related information and explores all the available education options, including matric re-write schools and learnerships.
New, enriching features are a column on role models and what they have done to get to their current, lofty pedestals; a column featuring a myriad of views by the youth; and a career-advice column by qualified counsellors, who will also answer related readers' queries.
Other hit reader-benefiting features in PYF this year onwards, include:
l Ringas, a column to stimulate debate on various topical issues affecting youngsters;
l4Life, a practical life-skills potpourri that is set to leave aspirant world-beating leaders sufficiently- motivated, inspired, determined and set on their chosen career paths; and
lDelivery Notes, designed to act as a bridge between young readers curious about the different initiatives the government ought to be planning and implementing for the youth.
In PYF there is also a Teachers Club, featuring SMS tips by teachers telling the reading world about the various success ideas that have helped them nurture top-achieving pupils, a loyalty membership card, and prizes and goodies for member teachers; and PYF Playas, a club for the supplement's youthful readers.
PYF Playas will also have a loyalty membership club, members' prizes and goody-bags and access to movies and interaction with other highly motivated youths, as well as access to motivational speakers and literature.
So what are you waiting for?
PYF will be distributed at no cost to 1300 urban, peri-urban and rural schools.
Each school will get about 2000 copies each to change young lives for the better in Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.