Over the past few weeks I have been speaking to alot of young people and they all tell me the same thing. Their knowledge of Governance is lacking many of them do not really know the role of National & Local Government.
The last meeting I had they were only able to name the Prime Minister,however, they were able to name several Pop and Sport Stars.
Why is this? Many have said that they were never taught about Political and Community Governance at school.neither Civic responsibility. They believe basically that Civic Roles and Governance is a role for the rich and famous as opposed for people with the ability and passion to serve.
The other issue is placing Young People into two sections of life, Music/Arts & Sports. The days of "Fame" when leg warmers were the norm are far gone. Why don't we spend some time asking our youth about their aspirations, their dreams and their goals. What do they want to do, I believe many would be surprised. Why are we not sharing our knowledge with our young people in order for them to understand about the way in which society works, the opportunities available to them and prepare them to fulfill their own dreams as opposed to some else's, that their not really committed to.
Let the decision on your life journey be yours and yours alone. Seek advice from your elders and realise one thing, you can achieve your dreams, if you believe in you and are committed to you. Ownership is essential, remember never give up, when one door opens another will close but keep battling away, you will succeed.
As I am always told and I do believe in this:
The race is not for the swift but those who can endureth.
This is the Personal Day to Day Blog of Community Activist Desmond Jaddoo and his planned Community Engagement Endeavours.