Deputy President Paul Mashatile has stressed the importance of education and prioritising the upskilling of the youth as the South African government.
Mashatile delivered the official Youth Day Commemoration event in Mangaung, Bloemfontein on Friday, 16 June 2023.
“As government, we have placed the education and training of our young people at the top of the agenda. We believe that education is one of the most crucial enabling factors for attaining economic emancipation,” he said.
The deputy president said goverment has invested hugely towards a transformed education system.
“We will continue to invest in the development of an inclusive education system in which children from low-income and working-class families also have access to quality education from the foundation phase and at higher education levels,” Mashatile added.
Deputy President Paul Mashatile also used his Youth Day speech to express his concern around the state of South Africa’s economy and its exclusion of the country’s youth.
Mashatile noted that the economy is failing to expand at a rate which allows for the economic development of a large number of people, especially youth. He further listed some of his government’s successes, including the fact that the youth makes up 83% of participants in the Presidential Employment Stimulus, which is aimed at empowering the youth through skills development and employment, to name but a few.
He further added that 35 000 young people managed to secure non-financial support from the Department of Small Business Development and the National Youth Development Agency.
“We are moving forward with this youth stimulation initiative because we are well aware that no nation can prosper if its youth are not engaged in community service activities that promote social cohesion,” he also said.