Youth: Leaders of Tomorrow

“The youth of today are the leaders tomorrow”
-Nelson Mandela


Today’s generation of young people is the largest the world has ever known. Yet young people are the source of many of the risks when they find themselves in an environment crowded with agents and the threat of violence, unemployment and marginalization. The leadership cadre is filled with many aged politicians who have enjoyed enduring career and retired from government service and who think nation building is their exclusive preserve and as such youth should not be given a chance. Perhaps, their stand explains why though youths are said to be a leader of tomorrow, that future never comes. This indeed in some way has sedated almost all youth and created in them a sense of reluctance in participating and taking up roles and responsibilities that will help in nation building.
Youth represents the backbone of the future and we need to prepare the generation that will lead and support. Nevertheless many youth chose the comfort of the moment instead of striving for self-sacrifice that will guarantee the freedom of the society. Young people hardly read newspapers, magazines or even watch the news on television. The Internet, which is one of the greatest inventions in human history, has been converted to avenues that were channeled to bad ventures. Many are detaching themselves from the real world. Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities. Subsequently, this generation is becoming complacent by not paying attention to what is relevant and important to the world. However young people have important role to play in the implementation of development programmes and initiatives. Service and sacrifice to society in the spirit of true patriotism must be a front burner in the heart of every youth.
Good education prepares one to impact positively on self and society, because the philosophy of the classroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next generation. Ensuring access to inclusive, quality education is essential for young people’s chances of finding decent work. Quality primary and secondary education are not enough. They should be complemented by affordable technical, vocational and tertiary education that provides youth with relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship. The government needs to establish youth vocational and empowerment programmes to develop the skills of youth in various fields of human en­deavours. Emphasis must be laid on technical education as well as courses that de-emphasize the craze for non-existing white collar jobs.

Sadly, today’s young generation continues to be left behind when it comes to education and employment. Young people are increasingly seeking productive employment opportunities and career paths that reflect their individual aspirations. In times of economic and financial crisis in particular, a society needs a strong young generation to be a driver of sustainable and inclusive growth that will ensure long-term development. However the years of maladministration from successive government has a direct result in poor management of youth population, which in turn resulted into a low intelligence proportion for which our youths are known when it comes to national building. The future of supposed tomorrow’s leadership occupants could not even be predicted anymore.

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