Youth in South Africa - Rising to the Challenge?
Latiefa Ahmed, a qualified nursing sister, psychiatric nurse, and Islamic counselor in Cape Town recently answered questions posed to her from a worldwide audience in an online dialogue forum on the topic.
These were some of the questions that she responded to:
I would like to ask how youth played a role under the apartheid system? Did they have their own identity or were they segregated to different colors too? (Egypt)
I would like to know the ratio of the Muslims to the Christians in South Africa, and by how far is Islam spreading among the youth? (Nigeria)
I am always worried about family values and morals being neglected and ignored among all this fashionable democracy? (United Arab Emirates)
After the fall of the apartheid system have the youth played a role in establishing the New South Africa?
What is that role? And how did they manage to erase the differences among themselves that existed for many years? (United States)
The youth are very important constituents of society. Which organizations are involved in taking care of the youth in SA? What is being done for them? (United Kingdom)
The Black continent has suffered a lot of famine political upheavals etc... What is the role of SA to develop and upgrade this continent? (Canada)
Do the Muslim youth play an important role in volunteering in SA? (Ireland)
There is so much juvenile crime throughout the world, and also in African countries, including South Africa. What confuses me, is that SA has emerged from a horrific past with triumph, shouldn't this imbue the youth with hope, and determination to develop themselves and their country, instead of turning to unemployment, crime, gangs and so on. Can you provide some ideas about this? (Cameroon)
Do you think SA will end up a one party government like Zimbabwe? if so, how will this effect the youth? (Zimbabwe)
I've always been curious about what life was like for young people and everyone, under apartheid. Do you think the youth of that time are very different from the SA youth today? What are some of the major differences (in contrast) between yesterday and today? (Australia)
Is the family still in tact in SA? It seems to be breaking down all over the world and I think this causes many problems for the youth. (United States)
Ms Ahmed's responses to these questions can be found here.
Ms Ahmed has been working with the youth since 1991. She is a founder member of an Islamic counseling center in Cape Town that focuses on the needs of the youth and provides advice, counsel and support. Her centre aims at instilling a feeling of self-worth in the youth and giving them something to work towards.