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    After leaving secondary school, I am now in a better position to lay my eyes on the missing puzzle that can help to ease the mature growth of a teenager. There is undoubtedly no denial that maturity takes time. But if teenagers can be guided towards the right path during that stage they will surely perform better academically as well as in other fields. Why is it that most youngsters cannot choose their careers? Why do we have fewer teenagers who want to become aspiring leaders of tomorrow and bring a change? The root of the issue is that not much is being done to allow teenagers to open up. In today’s generation, we find most of the youngsters spending countless hours on social medial; Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook to be more specific. This type of “behind the screen” platform can surely help teens to connect with others sharing the same passion but the problem is that it creates a cozy space for youngsters thereby restricting their skills and abilities. In a certain way teenagers really do not have a better option than to rely on social media to express their views or find friends with similar passion. Aware of the fact that the future of Mauritius lies in the hands of today’s generation, realistic platforms should be provided to teenagers (15 and above) to help them develop themselves into mature learners.

    Potential Solutions (if any):
    • Creation of an academy for young teenagers
    The academy should be split into different classrooms but each representing specific themes such as arts and literature, music, dance, sports, leadership, environment, debating, etc…
    Mature adolescents which have already graduated and have spare time can volunteer to carry out the responsibility of organizing and managing themes in which they share an interest. Inspiring experts in specific fields can be invited to give advice. Weekends can be reserved for college students and week days for university students.

    • Organization of debates for youngsters
    To be able to grow as a mature teen, one needs to understand not only the reality in which he/she is living in but also the truth about the world outside his/her comfort zone. A realistic platform should be provided to youngsters to allow them to propose unique solutions regarding issues such as famine, inequality, racism, animal cruelty, etc… They can also bring forward issues that can be a matter of concern to Mauritius if not addressed properly.

    • Inspire youngsters to become leaders.
    • Help in the development of their overall mental growth.
    • Give a helping hand to those teenagers who cannot find a proper career.
    • Through the academy, youngsters will get the chance to learn from the experience of others.
    • Face to face interaction with strangers sharing the same passion creates diversity in ideas.
    • Enhance the skill of critical thinking among youngsters.
    • Provide teenagers an opportunity to learn more about their passion.

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