Racism has been an on going problem for many years in South Africa, despite the fact that the apartheid era ended just over 20 decades ago. Racism is a problem that once addressed one party may get offended and the other defensive. Where one party may argue their innocence and the other point out their struggles.
Reality is racism is a sensitive topic, however it needs to be addressed no matter how sensitive it may be.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is giving youth the platform to address racism as a whole. The competition, which is in its second year, will close on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018.
They are inviting young people between the ages of 15-21 to express their interest in the Youth Essay Writing Competition Against Racism where you stand a chance to win cash prizes as well as a brand new laptop.
The topics for the competition are: A future free of racism; Tolerating racism is racism; and Root out racism.
This gives youth the opportunity to state their views on racism and the racism that they might still be facing today.
“In our quest to deepen non-racialism and make a meaningful contribution towards working for society free of racism, sexism and discrimination, we hope to involve young people in the fight against these problems. We aim to, through the essay writing competition, give young people a voice and a platform to articulate their views on matters that are undoubtedly key to our progression as a country and as a continent, ” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Neeshan Balton.
The youth will also be practicing their right to freedom of expression and freedom of artistic creativity. The conversations need to go on until there is a solution to the problems faced. This is one way of addressing the problems the youth face an feel need of change, it may also raise solutions to those problems.
The essay should be a minimum of 1000 words and maximum 1400 words and can be in any one of the South African official languages. Only one essay per entrant is allowed
To enter the essay writing competition, submit your essay to: email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; fax: 011 852 8786; or post: P.O. Box 3240 Lenasia 1820