Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Reporter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City is end­ing Youth Month in style af­ter the Speaker of Coun­cil, Cllr Vasco da Gama, of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated the Jo­han­nes­burg Stu­dent Coun­cil at the Jo­han­nes­burg Coun­cil Cham­bers on Satur­day 23 June 2018.

It fol­lows an in­de­pen­dent elec­toral process con­ducted by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of the new Stu­dent Coun­cil at Konka Camp in Ma­galies­burg on 09 April 2018.

Cllr Da Gama urged the Stu­dent Coun­cil­lors to fight the in­jus­tices of the world by be­ing the change they wanted to see.

“The life lessons you will learn on this jour­ney, are pre­cious and will stay with you for the rest of your life. The City of Jo­han­nes­burg aims to equip you with skills such as team work, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, ne­go­ti­a­tion skills, project man­age­ment and pub­lic de­bate- these are skills that you will need through­out life,” said Cllr Da Gama.

He urged the learn­ers no to hang around wait­ing for some­thing to hap­pen but to things hap­pen.

“Don’t ever think that your ideas are not worth pur­su­ing, stretch your­self, try again, chal­lenge and be chal­lenged. Recog­nise the good in peo­ple and be in­clu­sive in your ap­proach by draw­ing oth­ers in. “As the Jo­han­nes­burg Stu­dent Coun­cil­lors, you carry into the world a ban­ner of di­ver­sity, of thought­ful­ness, con­sid­er­a­tion, re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity- the very tenets of ubuntu. You must chal­lenge the in­jus­tices of this world and do so by en­ter­ing into the hu­man de­bate.” Cllr Da Gama en­cour­aged the learn­ers to be­come lead­ers who were un­afraid of to­mor­row, who will up­hold jus­tice and de­mand that the world be one of peace. Lean­ers were also en­cour­aged to de­mand the rights of all hu­man be­ings, to cher­ish the earth, hon­our the ideals they have been taught in school and in their unique ways, em­body re­spect, con­sid­er­a­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Cllr Vasco da Gama of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rates the Jo­han­nes­burg Stu­dent Coun­cil

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