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  Issue 68

   

Editorial 

Youth means foolishness!

The passing month has been marked with events regarding the youth. On the front pages one could see university students, high school students; fortunately, primary school pupils have not appeared there yet. Well, that’s great, some may say, but only if the information ends here.

Unfortunately, the lack of an ear for the “future of our country”, as it is still popular to say, has hit our heads.

I will speak first about the younger ones. I think there was not a more radical way to alarm the public. Sex in public! Porno clips distribution via mobile phones! A front page in a daily newspaper! Numberless reactions by those who had no time before to listen. Te parents and the teacher, amazed as they were, offered the usual excuse: “we did not know”! Parents’ meetings, teachers’ meetings, principals’ meetings….And, as if it were the most important, “it was not in our school”, or, “that was not our child”. The media filled the news, for one moment they distracted from the “lack of political dialogue” and the usual daily-political agendas, and made special programs. In only a week, the only thing that remained was someone to curse the high school students. And here it ended. Come on, we cannot change our behavior and for some high school students. Every miracle lasts for three days, no one got more, neither are we. Next time it strikes, it will be stronger and more painful, but that will be then. And now, that is all we could do.

The students, that is, the candidates for student leaders started their campaigns. They prepared their promotional speeches, displayed their programs and their vocabulary full of “reforms”, “better standard”…for a moment one things it is parliamentary elections not student ones. Though, there is no one to listen to them. The students either do not know that student elections are going to take place or ignore the fact because of the “success” of the previous leaderships. Therefore, the candidates’ tactics is person-to-person lobbying. How much energy will they spend for their two-year mandate?!

The youth educational forum asks for reforms within the student organization; the students want reforms; the candidates will fight for reforms! Do they listen to each other?! What has happened in their young lives that made them so vain that they cannot sit together and agree on what they are to do? Macedonia does not have a youth or student movement. It ought to be the starting point in building a strategy whose goal would be: a developed youth a student movement that would enjoy wide support of its members. Such a movement could be a partner in the negotiations with the Government for a better student standard. Everything else is just deja vu!

 

The month is coming to an end, not in a glorious way for the Macedonian youth. Several affairs have been added to their accounts because of which innocent people suffered as well. Youth means foolishness, some may say, but is it the youth?

 

Gonce Jakovleska 

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