The Lupane Youth Council’s mandate to create a platform for marginalised young women and men to actively participate in policy formulation processes will on the 18th of June 2010 be realized as it hosts the Bilingual Public Speaking Contest. The competition will be held at Kusile Rural District Hall, where different schools from the region will battle for the first position.
The main objective of the competition is for young people to share their knowledge with peers, provide a podium to air their views as well as to promote the use of indigenous languages.

Thematic areas for this year’s edition are responsive to the socio-political state of affairs hence the topics: “My role as a youth in the constitution making process” and “My right to my rights”. The isiNdebele renditions for the topics are: “Ilungelo lami lokuba lamalungelo” and “Ukuphatheka kwami njengontanga ekubunjweni kwesisekelo sombuso”.

This competition comes at a time when most African states in solidarity with South Africa commemorate the day of the African Child in remembrance of the atrocities during the Soweto Youth uprising, on June 16 1976, when students were brutally murdered in a shooting spree by the Boer forces for demonstrating as a way of proving their contempt towards the governing system. The day demonstrated a desire for freedom and the courage by students to demand their rights and freedoms when the then government introduced Afrikaans as a compulsory subject.

The contest has been initiated by the National Youth Development Trust and Lupane Youth Council in a bid recognise the well being, trials and tribulations as well as the influence on policy formulation of the African child. As such competition is an endeavour to celebrate the day with the marginalised youths of Lupane to encourage them to partake in activities that are intended to advocate for constructive transformation through the nature of the topics drafted for the competition.

The Lupane Youth Council (LYC)is the brain child of NYDT and is the second chapter of youth councils that have been established in the country after the Bulawayo Youth Council. LYC aims to instil in youths, a culture of positive participation in policy making processes and local governance issues through dialogue.


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