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NYDA launches youth day celebrations at historic Soweto high school

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addressing learners at Morris Issacson High School in Soweto. Picture: Nontsikelelo Mthethwa KaGodongwane

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Sports, Arts and Recreation officially launched Youth Month celebrations on Thursday at Morris Isaacson High School in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto, under the theme “Promoting sustainable livelihood and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow.”

Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities who oversees the NYDA, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said the reason why the launch was held in Soweto is to remind the world about the historic and selfless contributions of the youth who had died for the liberation of our country, especially the youth from Soweto.

“We decided to launch here because it all started here in Soweto and at this particular school” said Nkoane-Mashabane. On June 16 1976, it was students from Morris Isaacson High School who initiated the march throughout Soweto to protest against being taught in Afrikaans. At least 176 young people