Our Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech at a youth dialogue that was hosted by the South African Youth Council. Mr Ramaphosa made some really interesting comments in his speech:
- Young people need to be educated and that they must be innovative in order to achieve economic freedom in their lifetime.
- It is up to young people to take up all the opportunities in education and in business that are available to them.
You should seek economic freedom in your lifetime … Seek those opportunities so that you can be empowered.
We want people to be their own liberators.
These are some really powerful words. Really powerful.
He also said that young people should prioritise education as education is the only way to liberate themselves from the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
In South Africa, words such as ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ mean all sorts of things. We have a history full of amazing stories of fighting for freedom. We have so many heroes who died in the pursuit of freedom. In South Africa, we cannot take freedom for granted.
I think that most of us want to be ‘free’ – and, for most of us, we understand ‘freedom’ differently.
What does freedom mean to you?
Do you know what you need to do to become more free?
What have you done to liberate yourself?
I would not be working at College SA if I did not believe and know that education is essential to becoming more free. Education is NOT only for clever and rich people. Education is not just a nice-to-have. Education is a MUST HAVE.
At College SA we believe in giving people second / third / fourth chances at education. We believe in offering a variety of courses that will make a real difference in a person’s life. We believe in guaranteeing our Students that we will support them every step of the way with their studies.
At College SA we want to help you with your educational dreams.
But … and this is very important, YOU must have a DREAM. YOU must have GOALS.
YOU must want to be FREE.
Do you want to be free? What does freedom mean to you? Have you done even just 1 thing today that shows, without a doubt, that you want to be free?
What is is interesting is that freedom can be scary. Because, being free means you have responsibilities. It means that you are in charge of making decisions for yourself and for your life. Being free often means that you must be a warrior in your own life. It is not always easy being free.
But, being free is what we should all aim for.