The future of the youth is the key for social, political and economic stability of our nation. However, the youth are increasingly being disengaged from participation in core obligations and responsibilities, which form the foundation of our societies and nation.
Of even growing concern, is the disorientation of the youth from the fundamental cores and responsibilities, due to the increasing obsession and desire for wealth, admiration and respect for the wealthy rather than respect for values and principles, to mention but a few.
Time and again, the importance of the values of honesty, hard work and selfless service for the wider benefit beyond self, which are essential and indispensable for the development of self, society and the country are merely preached rather than inculcated in the youth. There is a growing void of exemplary mentorship to the youth, who are the future of our country, which seriously threatens the foundation of our nation.
For the youth to appreciate the ideals of honesty, hard work and selfless service, they need role models to look upto, so that they are inspired and motivated to nurture and cherish these virtues. They need the right people to get them charged up for the various challenges and pressures they face or that await them.
The question to ponder on then is, who are the immediate examples the youth are looking up to, to encourage them to embrace and put these principals into practice? Undeniably, it’s the responsibility of all leaders, in their various capacities and occupations to be exemplary, well-knowing that their conduct and behaviour is a direct influence to the youth. In most instances, the youth look at their leaders as role models, who play a direct role in shaping their thoughts, choices and zeal.
Unfortunately, one wonders what kind of example our leaders are imparting on the youth when the press and the media are ceaselessly teeming with repugnant scandals.
Patriotism can only be achieved by practice and demonstration with emphasis on national values. Leaders should distance themselves from corruption and all its related evils and strive to be the change they want to see in the youth, so that honesty, hard work and selfless service can cut through to the youth.