Guga S’thebe, in partnership with Langa community members as well as community-based organisations within Langa, hosted a Youth Day event in commemoration of June 16 on 15 June 2018. Nandipha from FunDza attended the event to interact with learners and to show them how our mobile library – live.fundza.mobi – works.

The aim was to introduce Guga S’thebe and the surrounding precinct to the different organisations that exist within Langa and the opportunities that these organisations provide. Owing to the fact that Langa is situated in a predominantly under-resourced and marginalised community, it was essential to interact with learners and to ensure that they walk away with tangible ways of how they can each attempt to change their current situation for the better.

The event was attended by the youth of Langa – grade 11 and 12 learners from local high schools and unemployed young people aged 18 to 35 – with a total guest list of 200 people hailing from different parts of the community.

June 16 on the South African calendar marks a significant day in 1976 on which many young people lost their lives whilst protesting against the apartheid’s shameful Bantu education system. This event shook the pillars of the country and called for a positive shift in the educational offering of that time. Thus, this day serves to remind our country of the shortcomings and brutalities of the past, and the opportunities we now have to make a positive contribution towards our current education system.

The FunDza Literacy Trust attended the event for the purpose of  introducing young people to our free mobile library, which hosts an array of literary work accessible by using any phone connected to the Internet at live.fundza.mobi.

All organisations involved had a chance to connect with the youth and introduce them to their work. Importantly young people had the opportunity to find out more about some of the colleges that exist in the Cape Town area, where they can further their education, with or without a matric qualification. The information about these qualifications was then followed by career guidance within the arts sector, as an alternative to formalised career paths, where organisations were afforded an opportunity to give back to the community through knowledge-sharing.

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