Ella Lauds Youths for Standing Up for Their Rights

The youth have unprecedented opportunity to use new and innovative methods to help tackle the challenges that face the country.

In regards to education, arts and leadership, nowadays the youth are taking up reins and making their voices heard by all means, says youth activist and novelist, Ella Mwaala, admiring the youth for being active on taking up opportunities. Mwaala says the youth have taken up airwaves, cyberspace and social gatherings to make their dissatisfaction heard. “The youth have risen up and challenged the old ways of doing things. Many see this as a small barrel that is liable to blow up in our faces, but I see it as an awakening, that offers opportunities to change the direction of our country’s policy. Student organisations have begun to take up the roles they made their own in the dark days before independence.”

Mwaala adds that the youth are the engine of development in any nation, the untapped potential and the ones expected to take up the banner that spells out the country’s future direction. “The challenges facing the youth are mass. The good news is that challenges present opportunities too. In many areas the youth are already doing this. They are starting businesses that employ Namibians and contribute hugely to the development of the country. However I am proud to say that the youth have proven to be able to task, stand inflexible and persistent against all attempts to appoint and dilute their struggle,” says Mwaala.

“We know that some youth have sadly been turned to be mouthpieces of forces that stand for regression. It is disappointing to see youth being so ill used for agendas that will only benefit those that stand for the status quo. We can only hope that these youth will come to their senses and come back into the fold.”

She further cautions that the country is standing on a cliff and it depends on the response of the people in power to the plight of the youth. “The days when the youth only existed to be seen and not heard are long gone. The world is changing, and the youth have learned to adapt. And they ask for a seat at the table where their future is determined. Ignore them at your own risk,” says Mwaala.

Source : New Era