Youth Day

Youth Day Quick Facts

AKA NameSoweto Day
Hashtags#YouthDay2020, #YouthDay
2020 Date16 June 2020
2021 Date16 June 2021
Youth Day

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 Facts & Quotes

  • There are 11 official languages in South Africa. They are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Police fired teargas and live ammunition on the demonstrating students.
  • The Bantu Educational system was designed to ‘train and fit’ Africans for their role in the newly evolving apartheid society.
  • In South Africa, 66% of the population is below the age of 35, 44% of the population is between 10-24 years of age.
  • There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. - Nelson Mandela

Youth Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Spread awareness on social media using hashtags #endapartheid, #youthday, #soweto and #remembertheyouth.
  • Take part in the popular Dirtopia Youth Day Trail Run through the vineyards. There are different distances to suit everyone's ability.
  • Watch a documentary about the Soweto uprising. Some of our favourites are The Soweto Uprising, Surfing Soweto and Generation Soweto.
  • Head to Soweto to visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum. The museum contains photos and footage from the uprising in 1976.
  • Support a youth organisation near you. Local, national and international organisations need your help to continue their mission of improving the lives and opportunities for youth around the world. Donate either financially or volunteer.

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