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Youth Perspectives

Youth Perspectives

by: Ashley Mwanza

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Trying to understand the intersection between youth and the future is a way of re-examining societies and the development processes. Youth are an integral part of society and are strongly affected by development issues.

Youth and development as the two sides of the same coin, reciprocally affect each other. Development is a process denoting a movement from a traditional order to certain desired types of technology and associated forms of social structure, value-orientations, motivations, and norms with special reference to the youth.

How many times have you heard adults saying, ‘oh these young ones are terrible’, what does that say about the future? Have these adults done anything to help change the status quo, they seem not to like? Your guess is as good as mine. It is time to stand up and remove this flimsy brand... ‘the terrible ones’ and replace it with the more befitting one, ‘the future’. Because of a section of the youth we are all suddenly terrible. All the good is forgotten.

As an American historian rightly noted, in our world of big names, our true heroes are the unsung ones and tend to be curiously anonymous. This description aptly fits the many countless initiatives of young people all over the world who have taken the challenge to build a new world. Their efforts may not merit the headlines, but they have been very instrumental in their pursuits.

We the youth are the backbone of any country, because we are today’s pillar of society and inheritors of tomorrow. We should take centre stage. If we are to remain standing at the foot of the mountain we will never achieve our ambition, but we should conquer the mountain, hence we should have the courage to climb the mountain and get to the other side. But this can be done through education. By mountain I mean the opportunity ladder.

School is the one place where the youth have access to the services they need to become successful citizens, family members, workers and leaders. The future starts there. Without education there’s no real progress in one’s life and one is unlikely to stay on the path to a productive life. In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 decreeing the year commencing 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth. The resolution calls upon governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event. The International Year of Youth can generate much needed attention for youth participation and youth development and can provide an impetus to partnerships among youth organizations around the world.

Young people may have very different attitudes about certain issues than older people. Now is the time to capture this passion and the governments and organisations can help by providing an introduction of valuable chapter programs and services for the young generation to catapult us into the future so that we can stand hand and shoulders with their counterparts around the world.

So the role of the youth is to give the world a rebirth. We should realize that we the youth will be recipients, and drivers, of change in the future and that future starts today and now. “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going” Professor Irwin Corey, cutting off the youth is detrimental to any country’s fortunes.

The abilities of young people to think creatively and network with others from diverse backgrounds, combined with their grassroots knowledge and dynamism, means that young people can harness cultural changes for a positive outcome. Indeed these abilities have been demonstrated by the work of youth throughout the world.

The lack of youth facilities particularly in larger suburbs and or towns in Ireland is a cause for concern and this is a problem in many countries. While youth frequently have the passion, vision, potential, energy and commitment for development projects, access to resources is often limited and must be broadened.

These resources will enable youth-led development projects to grow. By empowering youth, the inspiration and energy behind youth-led development will flourish into real action for a better world. Working on the local level, youth can have an immediate and significant impact on their communities. Our prospects are in disarray but we must remember that in any country, youth represent the future.

The youth of Ireland and any country for that matter, united in the name of the development of our countries and the safeguarding of a bright tomorrow can revolutionise the world. It doesn’t matter who you are in as long you believe you can do it. It can be done! Remember this is our year! Let us shine!

25 October 2010   


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Agreate analytical perspective on youths fate.Keep up advocting for youths .Stand for youths until the truth is known to and is uin the heart of youths and all citizens
by Thomodh on 25 December 2010.

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