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"The Youth is the Future, the Future is the Youth," the SLPP Party Reminded!

By Melvin Max-Conteh, Guest Editor (21/11/18)

The youth and the future will always be linked, because none can exist in the absence of another. Will the SLPP take a leaf from this dictum?

A nation that fails to invest in the future of its youth is a doomed nation. The youth is a significant symbol of strength and persistence.

The youth of the 1960s clearly demonstrated the capabilities of the power of unity with a purpose and the strength of profound minds. These young heroes and heroines definitely changed the socio-political landscape in Sierra Leone .

The youth of 1960s should not only be celebrated, they should be imitated. They should be remembered as young Lions of the Lion Mountain. The brave and courageous ones that roared.

The youth of 2019 should take some time to meditate on the brilliant examples the youth of 1960s had set for them. And the sacrifices they made to make it possible for today's youth to enjoy certain privileges in today's education system.

It is very disturbing to see how today's youth underestimate the importance of education. Some of them drop out of school, some of them go to school without priorities, only a few of our youth understand the importance of education.

I quote the late South African President Nelson Mandela: "Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face".

So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country. The youth of 2019 should wake up to the reality of today's challenges and difficulties.

Today we are faced with unemployment, HIV/Aids, drug abuse and crime etc thanks largely to government's inability and unwillingness to prioritise youth advancement.

We have to take a stand against anything and everything that threatens the possibilities of a brighter future. Our governments must also wake up to realise the importance of youth and make sure they are given all the necessary incentives to develop.

Today's youth must be directed to learn and have a clear vision and focus to have a bright future. Our youth must definitely be redirected to reach greater heights. That's why parents and governments must play a pivotal role in this direction.

Courtesy: By Melvin Max-Conteh, Youth Activist


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