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Contacts

Tel: 263 04 788347 ,

04 782800 ,

04 782803

Email: info@zimbabweyouthcouncil.org, youthzim@gmail.com

Website: www.zimbabweyouthcouncil.org

 

 

Functions of  ZYC

(a) To co-ordinate, supervise and foster the activities of national associations and To ensure the proper administration of national associations and clubs.
(b) The Council Shall Consist of:
(c) A chairman appointed by the Minister after consultation with the President and in accordance with any directions the President may give him; and
(d) fourteen other members, of whom-
(i) seven shall be appointed by the Minister after consultation with the President and in accordance with any direction the President may give him; and
(ii) seven shall be elected by registered national associations in terms of subsection (2).
© To participate in national and international youth activities;
(d) To advise the Government on the needs of youth; and
(e) With the approval of the Minister, to undertake projects designed to create employment for young people, including fund-raising, marketing and trading activities.

Strategic thrust of  ZYC

  • The ZYC has with effect from March 2010, adopted a three year strategy whose pillars this presentation will now provide:
  • Capacity Development of Head Office: This includes the establishment of offices separate from government offices.
  • It includes the setting up of a highly competent team that is well motivated, young and ambitious.
  • It also includes the setting up of internal systems and policies for effective institutional administration
  • Decentralization: The ZYC will be decentralizing to provinces within the next one year.
  • Decentralization is the only pathway to guaranteeing greater youth participation.
  • At the moment Bulawayo and Mutare are the priority provinces for decentralization.
  • Decentralization of the ZYC will allow the Ministry to have closer interaction with young people.
  • Revitalization of the Children’s Parliament
  • The Children’s Parliament is a powerful tool for advocacy.
  • It allows young people to speak directly to the highest office in the land.
  • It also creates room for advocacy of the rights of minors in the country.
  • It is early warning mechanism for young leadership.
  • This year we had a relatively very high and eloquent crop of Child M.Psdue to the introduction of the electoral system in the selection process.
  • Supporting Initiatives from youth associations.
  • This year ZYC supported and it will continue to support youth organizations like the Youth Empowerment Taskforce.
  • Supporting youth organizations is critical to establishing the relevance of the ZYC to young people.
  • ZYC has also supported an initiative by a youth group called YouthTalk Zimbabwe with the objective of promoting dialogue among people.
  • Review of the National Youth Policy
  • ZYC places high priority to the review of the National Youth Policy for 2 Key reasons:

(a) It’s an opportunity to reconnect with young people and re-ignite their interest in national processes.
(b) It’s also an opportunity to gauge the mood of young people and to know their aspirations going forward.

  • The Youth Policy itself must be reviewed paying attention to the following key areas:
  • There is a yawning need be give clarity on economic empowerment interventions.
  • The establishment of the YDF should be entrenched and explained in the new policy.
  • It is no use for government to have policies that are not known.
  • The current policy has no mention of HIV/ Aids and Adult Sexual and Reproductive Health. This has been evidenced by the hitherto lack of relationship between funding agencies in this area i. e UNFPA, Global Funding PSI among others.


Programmatic areas last 1/4

  • The consultative processes for the National Youth Policy are the immediate job at hand for both the Ministry and the Youth Council.
  • Consultations are critical: young people are saying nothing for us without us!
  • The commemoration of the of the Africa Youth Day are this year going to be a commemoration with a difference.
  • The commemorations will have a strong regional outlook with the participation of Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa among others.
  • There is need to rope in young people I n all our programming especially at grassroots level. It is easy to lose touch with young people if we are rigid and inflexible.
  • Young people are our mandate, lets remain close to young people


Programmatic areas 2011? In 2011 we want to introduce long term programs as opposed to events. We will commemorate events but we will place greater emphasis on actual programs.

  • Programs have the advantage of courting more sustainable funding and they have measurable impact. Events are a good publicity stunt but may not achieve much impact in the long term.
  • The consultative processes for the National Youth Policy are the immediate job at hand for both the Ministry and the Youth Council.
  • Consultations are critical: young people are saying nothing for us without us!
  • The commemoration of the of the Africa Youth Day are this year going to be a commemoration with a difference.
  • The commemorations will have a strong regional outlook with the participation of Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa among others.
  • The following three areas will be high priority areas for programmatic interventions:

(a) Leadership Development: we will be taking the Child Parliament to the next level by introducing a leadership school for graduates of the Child Parliament and the Junior Councils program

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Development:
  • There are many young people with skills fir craftsmanship, but few with an ability to convert their skills into a business. There is need to conduct business mentorship classes among graduates of vocational skills, ISOP, and out of school youths generally.
  • Youth and Health: The ZYC will be launching a program designed to make interventions towards the health of young people. The areas for HIV & Aids, Male Circumcision, Reproductive health, teenage pregnancies are critical to the welfare of young people and we will be making systematic interventions in this area.
  • The Children’s Parliament:
  • We will continue making improvements to the children’s program.
  • The support given by the district officers remains critical to the success of this program.





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