By Aaron Berhane February 2008 We mark February as Black History Month. We celebrate the struggles, achievements and contributions of Black Canadians ...
By Aaron Berhane
We mark February as Black History Month. We celebrate the struggles, achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have paid a dear price for the rights and equality of Blacks throughout history. This is a remarkable month for us to guard the pillars of law crafted by brave Black Canadians.
Nevertheless, we are not limited only in remembering the heroic actions of the past, but we should also highlight the achievements of those who are working day and night to overcome racial challenges. This month, we should also evaluate the situation of members of our community who are in jail.
Eritrean youth have been making tremendous contributions to Canadian society. They have established an organization called the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence to support and advocate for Black Canadian youth. One of the active members who runs the organization as chairperson is Yafet Tewolde. His name is widely known in the blacks community.
We have several youth who have been recognized for their positive contributions.
On the other hand, we also have some who are known for their ugly work. There are about 24 Eritreans who have been jailed for being involved in criminal activities and drug deals. Forty to 60% of black youth never finish high school. There is a considerable number of Eritreans in that percentage. They go wild disobeying their parents and rebelling against the educational system.
To set our youth on the road for success in Canadian society, we should create a comfortable ground for them. The exemplary youth could recognize the challenges of their fellow youth and come up with concrete solutions. The former may even be able to restrict the mushrooming challenges of youth in high schools.
Therefore, our Eritrean community should recognize the crucial role of our exemplary youth and provide them with leadership roles. We should believe that the crisis in our community can be solved only by the leadership of our youth. Our talented youth can accomplish what former Black Canadians achieved. Thus, let’s hand over the role of leadership to our youth.