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Youth today: Grade 7 History

“Youth should be radical. Youth should demand change in the world. Youth should not accept the old order if the world is to move on. But the old orders should not be moved easily - certainly not at the mere whim or behest of youth. There must be clash and if youth hasn’t enough force or fervor to produce the clash the world grows stale and stagnant and sour in decay.” - William Allen White, February 10, 1868 – January 29, 1944.

The Grade 7s explored the significance of Youth Day in South Africa during their History lessons and learnt some key historical vocabulary regarding democracy, human rights and the South African constitution. We looked at black and white images taken on the day by South African photographer Sam Nzima as well as viewing a short documentary clip recording his experiences as a banned journalist following the publication of the iconic Hector Pieterson photograph in The Sowetan. Music will also inform our research when we listen to the work of Nigerian artist, Sonny Okosun in upcoming lessons.

We encouraged the girls to reflect on the brave actions of the youth who stood up against an oppressive regime, demanding change and a better future for themselves and their fellow citizens. As we commemorate this day each year, it is essential to connect the ideals of the past to the present and remind ourselves of the power that lies within the youth to shape the world.

An all-girls’ school provides a unique platform for young women to develop their voices and cultivate their potential as change agents. These educational institutions empower young women to take on leadership roles, foster critical thinking, and provide a safe and supportive environment for them to learn about taking accountability for their words and actions.

By commemorating Youth Day, we not only pay homage to the brave youth of the past but also ignite a fire within the current generation of young women. It serves as a reminder that they have the power to challenge norms, break down barriers, and forge a path towards a more equitable and inclusive future.


Introducting discursive topics

The Grade 7s are writing discursive speeches in English this year on topics that require thoughtful engagement, discussion and research. As an introduction to these topics, we invited the girls to write down their opinions on some divisive issues and to brainstorm what they know about what are often popularly misunderstood issues. The list of topics included: Only men are funny, AI is going to destroy the human race, Women make the best mothers, and Girls thrive in single-sex schools. Our hope in this forum was to spark their interest and curiosity. Now, the real work has to be done. The girls have been tasked with writing a three-to-four-minute speech on their assigned topic; they will have to conduct some thorough research, and back up their claims.


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