The Ethiopian-Canadian youth group, Young Diplomats (YD), held the first of its kind youth – parent discussion at the University of Toronto. For the attendees, the highlight was clear – better communication between parents and children is paramount to the success of the Ethiopian Canadian family unit.
Among the issues discussed were relationships including the taboo subject of interracial dating, curfew, the liberal use of social media and the importance of education. Like CNN’s crossfire, the panelists were placed on stage separated between parents and youth. They were encouraged to be frank and honest in their perspectives. They did not disappoint.
The parents reflected on their own youthful experience and tried to be understanding of the Generation Z mentality of today. The youth panelists expressed their frustrations, hopes and reflected their own experiences growing up in Canada. “We need more acknowledgements of our needs “one of the panelists stressed.
Many appreciated YD’s efforts in organizing such an important event. YD’s Executive Director Saron Marcos and Program Director Nebyu Kidane, reflected with ethiofidel.com after the event. For them – “The forum was a resounding success” and insisted how that the community is encouraged to utilize the many resources that the group has at its deposal to make some of the suggestions in to a reality. “The forum will help cultivate the culture of communication and trust at a family level” – they added.