Educating Our Youth
“There is no power like the power of youth because the power of the youth doesn’t stop.” – Unknown
The Youth has the power to change the world. And they do so daily. There are numerous examples of young people, effectively children, doing so. Malala Yousafzai, Jack Andraka and Ann Makosinski are just some of the young people changing the world in recent years. Incidentally, these heroes, and what they are achieving, are all in some way linked to the power of education. Either striving for it or enhancing the world because of it.
Back home, in South Africa, we have our own heroes, too. On the 16th of June 1976, the youth of Soweto began a rebellion. Tired of being educated in the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974, the Soweto students protested against having to learn in a language that was not their own.
No words would ever be able to rightfully describe the events on that fateful day. It’s difficult, and sad, to imagine that education in your own language wasn’t a basic human right for everybody. By protesting against the monstrosities of the time, the Soweto protesters paved the way, long before they even knew they would, to the better and free South Africa we have come to know today. We commemorate the day by remembering those that paid the ultimate price for standing up for what they believe in – quality education. The most powerful weapon to change the world.
It is now up to us South Africans to honour those sacrifices. And the best way to do that is to embrace the future of our country – our youth. It’s our responsibility to empower, educate and develop our future leaders as best we can. And we at Greenstone, strive to educate our leaders of tomorrow in several ways throughout the year. Whether it’s going green with our Recycling Fun Days, teaching history with exuberant exhibitions, or hosting events such as Sushi Making With Dad, these showcases are held in the hopes of inspiring the next Jiro Ono or Elon Musk.
We’ve always been advocating education in our youth, and this year will be no different. We have, yet again, a host of demonstrations lined up for 2019. We call on all parents to bring their kids to these events to participate and perhaps even learn something themselves. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when these events will be taking place.
Even though we do our utmost with these events, it’s ultimately the duty of parents to give their children the best possible opportunities to learn new things every day. How do you do that, we hear you ask? Well, one method is to learn while they play. For toddlers in their formative years, Play-Doh perfect to develop skills vital for education at a young age. Enhancing fine motor skills, inspiring imaginations and improving hand-eye coordination are just some of the benefits of this, uhm, “toy”. If you visit our one and only Hamley’s store, you’ll find The Play-Doh Bus stocking the a wide range of the arts and crafts compound, ready to tutor the little ones.
If your kids are approaching their adolescent phase and need some extra help outside of school, we’d suggest giving our PNA a visit. They have two aisles dedicated to educational books to assist in learning easily – from an extensive selection of X-Kit handbooks to Dictionaries in all 11 languages – and even more.
It would be a crime if we don’t make mention of Exclusive Books as well, who also has sections dedicated to self-learning. Whether your children are in their teens or getting their tertiary qualification, the value of reading self-help books, or reading in general can’t have a price put on it.
Once everyone can embrace and empower the youth through education, it won’t be about a youth that doesn’t stop, but rather a youth that can’t stop.