Opportunities for young people to study overseas
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has hailed the diplomatic community for working with Provincial Government to create opportunities for young people to study overseas.
This evening, hundreds of young people are attending the launch of the website focusing on international youth scholarship programme.
The event which is currently underway at the Sharks Board, Umhlanga is attended by representatives from the African Renaissance Trust, Consular Generals, Ambassadors and Academics from a number of tertiary institutions.
Mchunu remarked: “Having said that, our vision as the provincial government is for all young people to grow up safe and healthy. More importantly we want the young people of our province to have access to education including access to higher education in order to achieve socio-economic transformation thus eliminating poverty, unemployment and inequality.”
“As we officially launch this international youth scholarship programme, we must remember the words of Tata Madiba. Delivering his Youth Day speech in 1995 in eZakheni Township in Ladysmith, Tata Madiba said:
‘This generation of youth stands at the border-line between the past of oppression and repression, and the future of prosperity, peace and harmony.’
“These words are nails on a chalkboard. The most important lesson that must we draw from these words is that Tata Nelson Mandela believed in young people.”
“He neither condemned them nor regarded them as a burden on society. Instead he viewed young people as valuable assets and successors upon whom a country depends for the continuity of development.”
“Indeed, youth is an important life stage in human development. It covers a wide age range. With young people moving through adolescence on their way to becoming independent adults. It is a significant period of development—physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially.”
Ndabezinhle Sibiya: Spokesperson for the Premier
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