The second day of the 12th Media
Kidocracy Konference started with participants eager to engage with each other
on the different topics on the programme,
Which were youth
right and civic participation, economic freedom for youth, who am I- a youth
understanding of gender and identity, the use of social media for self
expression, my body my choice, and my future my world that was debated.
The first debate
dealt with youth right and civic participation with the panellists being Karen
Devlin- WIMPS, Colleen Ryan-Democratic Development Programme. Colleen Ryan said the youth does not know the
power they hold but more importantly the responsibility that comes with having
The debate became intense when we moved to
economic freedom for the youth. One of
the delegates Luke Mtwetwe said we can only achieve
economic freedom if we are all equal in this country. A representative from the National
Development Agency Molvonia Cupido also shared what NYDA does and the
entrepreneurship opportunities that delegates can embrace.
The third debate of the day was Who am I- a
youth understanding of gender and identity.
Darcell van Buuren from Gender Steps gave her insight on what
gender. The delegates debated on
discrimination that still exits in our society in regards with a person’s
Express yourself – the use of social media
for self expression was the fourth topic for the day. Bush Radio’s Programme Integrator Adrian Louw
and WIMPS representative Davy Simms were part of the panel. Most delegates at the conference were shocked
to release that what they put on the internet is not a secret.
The discussion moved to another topic which
was My Body – My Choice. A heated
debated came when the delegates spoke about abortion. Some were for abortion depending on the
situation and some were against abortion, saying regardless of the situation
abortion is wrong.
The final discussion of the day dealt with
My future world – focusing on conservation – raising the green flag. Daniel Hector from Lotus River High told the
delegates that we must stop condemning the policies that government comes up
with which are destroying the planet.
Hector urged everyone to tread lightly on the planet. Nakita January from Princess Vlei
organisation said it’s our responsibility to save the planet and not
This is what Ashley Leonard one of the
delegates said about his impression of the conference so far “What I have
learnt at MKK is I got the chance to meet new people and I got chance to learn more
about the media. So far i am enjoying
the food, games and chats that I have had with new friends. The fun has only begun”
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