Youth Day 2020 is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic. In this current situation, the Cape Metro and West Coast museums affiliated to the Western Cape Museum Services, in partnership with Africa Unite, are inviting the youth (14 – 35 years) to reflect through creative work on what they have learned about themselves and society and how we can use these lessons learned to shape our future.

We are looking to address questions such as:

  • What challenges have you and your family had to face in dealing with COVID-19?
  • How does COVID-19 and the related lockdown measures make you feel?
  • With the way we are forced to interact during quarantine, how do you think future generations will interact and socialise as a norm?
  • This pandemic and quarantine has forced us to rethink what we deem as important in our lives. What do you think the youth and generations to come should prioritise most going forward?

Youth are being encouraged to share their reflections and visions for the future through art, poems,videos, images or stories.  The Cape Town Museum will create an online exhibition with selected works.

How to participate:

Follow and comment on the conversation over the next six weeks on the Shaping Our Future Facebook page

Creative work can be submitted in two ways:

Contributions can be in Afrikaans, English or Xhosa.

This is a joint project with:

Africa Unite (AU) is a human rights and youth empowerment organisation. Underpinned by its slogan, “Building Human Rights communities”, Africa Unites’ programmatic focus is on building the knowledge and skills of Human Rights Peer Educators, facilitating reciprocal learning exchanges with community-based and migrant-led structures, and creating a platform for intercultural exchange and dialogue between local, refugee and migrant communities in South Africa.

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