We have all been there – elementary school field trips during which we visited countless museums that looked way too big, were way too serious, and where we were warned multiple times not to touch anything or we would ruin it. Most Millennials had their first encounters with museums this way, so is it really a surprise that not many young people love museum-going? Having in mind that this generation is already the biggest demographic in the world, what does this mean for museums? Will Millennials be able to initiate change within these traditional institutions, or will the institutions disregard the needs and views of youth once more?
The history of the 20th century has been marked with movements and revolutionary ideas that have changed the world forever. Most of our grandparents participated in some of the social movements that gave birth to the society that we know today. The product of their work is modern society. All of their ideas were seen as radical when they were first articulated, but today the same principles and ideas are seen as common sense. The older generation has made its contribution to the development of society, now what about the Millennials? What will be their legacy for the generations to come, and how do today’s young people feel about social activism?
Student unrest has been the pinnacle of South Africa's tertiary education sphere. Cleverly themed #FeesMustFall, students across the country downed classes and went on nationwide protests that captured the international communities attention. The student protest movement was orchestrated after a fees increase throughout South Africa's universities. The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that fees would be increased by 8% in 2017 and that news did not sit down well with the students.