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College’s Virtual Assembly recognising Youth Day

College’s Virtual Assembly recognising Youth Day

A Message of Hope for Our Youth

The link for this assembly video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ybP-QolMOU

 This is our third virtual assembly and the second with our 6th form back on the College campus. Thank you for the manner in which you have tackled the Covid-19 regulations as we realise it is difficult for you and the staff. May I request that we continue to abide by these regulations, as they are ultimately for the benefit of our own health and safety.

Furthermore, I request that any health issues that may occur are to be kept totally confidential out of respect to the various individuals, and are not to be discussed or commented on, on social media under any circumstances. The privacy of these individuals must be respected at all times. The school will follow all necessary reporting protocols.

We are facing a public health crisis unlike any ever witnessed before in the history of the modern world.  Like a hurricane, Covid-19 has caused devastation and loss of life, decimated economies, rendered millions jobless and overseen closure of schools. COVID-19 has completely disrupted all spheres of our lives in ways we could not ever have imagined before.

As 6th formers and leaders of the school you have the added pressure and responsibility during these difficult times, of leading your peers and the lower formers when they all finally return. The landscape has changed dramatically for you particularly, and we are all very sad to see how significantly your final year at College has been affected. However, all is certainly not lost and we will collectively do whatever we can to recoup as much as is permissible as we come to terms with the restrictions of the various alert levels.

It is at times such as these that through adversity comes strength and out of the chaos comes order, change, a new focus, strategy and direction.

Dr Martin Luther King had the following to say in the spring of 1968

  “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions.

 ‘Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”     

How prophetic were those words?

 During December of 2019, the UN Secretary General , Antonio Guterres encouraged the youth as follows

“From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines. I am inspired by your passion and determination. The world needs young people to keep speaking out, thinking big, pushing boundaries and keeping up the pressure.” [Dec 2019]

Professor Bahemuka of the University of Nairobi recently posted a challenge to you

 “I call upon you to take leadership in the fight against Covid-19. Use your youthful vigour to heal a wounded global community and fight misinformation by spreading factual messages of hope in the communities.” [March 2020]

She concluded by saying that humanity now more than ever needs to abide by the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’ as stated by former president Nelson Mandela

In conclusion a message for our youth by Madiba in June 2012 which is still of relevance today

A MESSAGE FOR OUR YOUTH   NELSON MANDELA [June 2012]

I want to end with the following video with a very powerful message for our youth from former president  Mr Nelson Mandela [June 2012]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv9vrV8nJn8

On Tuesday 16 June, we celebrated Youth Day and the Social Awareness Forum and others put together a powerful message which we shared on our social media platforms.

The video message can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0NYyyveWVQ