Youth Day History
Youth Day commemorates the Soweto uprising in South Africa. On 16 June 16 1976, about 20,000 students from Soweto undertook a peaceful protest march against the Bantu education system which was poorly equipped, overcrowded, separated and run by inadequately trained professionals. The protest, which originally began as a result of an apartheid directive that stated that the Afrikaans language be used on an equal basis with the English language, ended in bloodshed as nearly 700 people, mostly adolescents, were murdered by the apartheid government's police.
Youth Day is celebrated annually on 16 June as a reminder of the importance of youth and their voices. The day also serves to commemorate those young people who lost their lives in the struggle against Apartheid and the Bantu Education System.
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Youth Day References and Related Siteswww.gov.za: Public Holidays www.brandsouthafrica.com: South Africa's Languages www.sahistory.org.za: Soweto Youth Uprising