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Zimbabwe Youth Council conducts Youth Sensitisation Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 08:07

The Zimbabwe Youth Council will be conducting a youth sensitisation workshop from the 10th to the 13th of November 2014 in Bulawayo at Rainbow Hotel.

The workshop comes in the wake of the new National Child and Youth Participation thrust which is now emphasizing decentralisation and grass-root level participation. Over the years, the Junior Parliament has been to a larger extent the sole participation platform for children, which was channeling children’s concerns to decision makers including the President, Cabinet and Parliament.

While this has scored some successes, it has been realised that if more children are to participate and their issues meaningfully addressed, engagements should start and seriously involve local level authorities like the Rural Districts Councils, Municipalities and City Councils.

It is with this background that Zimbabwe Youth Council has organised sensitisation workshops where senior district level officials from Ministry of Youth and Rural District Councils will be engaged with the following objectives;
• To create understanding and buy-in for children and young people’s issues, participation and development programmes among local level decision makers.
• To broaden voices and strengthen young people’s engagement with decision makers at local levels.
• To influence child friendly planning and budgeting within local authorities

The workshops will be facilitated by Zimbabwe Youth Council, UNICEF and NANGO with issues including child and youth participation, child friendly budgeting and the unpacking of a new ICT based youth communication tool being key to the deliberations.

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Africa Youth Day Commemorations PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:14

Zimbabwe Youth Council This week joins the rest of the African Continent in commemorating Africa Youth Day which is celebrated every year on the 1st of November, a day which was set on the occasion of the African Youth Charter adoption by the Executive Council of the African Union at the Banjul Summit of 2006.

The day is set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all facets of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of Youth African Agenda.

The youth are a vital component of the future African Agenda as it links the past, present and future in order to create a new generation of Pan Africanists that will harness the lessons learnt and use them as building blocks to consolidate the hope and promises of the founding parents for a true renaissance of Africa. There have been and continue to be calls for the youth of the continent to be empowered and actively involved in all government processes from conceptualization to implementation and evaluation. As members of society the youth are expected to significantly contribute to the building of a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.

About 65% of the total population of Africa are below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years - making Africa the most youth full continent. By 2020, it is projected that out of 4 people, 3 will be on average 20 years old. About 10 million young African youth

arrive each year on the labour market. This background makes youth a critical age group to celebrate and recognize. This year’s Zimbabwe celebrations are guided by the following principles;

• Promoting entrepreneurship training, youth skills development and fighting unemployment;
• Strengthening Youth Participation in decision making process and National development process;
• Increased capacity for youth to participate in the growth of the National Economy.

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Zimbabwe Hosts SADC Youth Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:55

Ministers responsible for youth affairs in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) are set to meet starting today (Tuesday 21 October 2014) in Victoria Falls, to discuss among other things, the five-year regional strategic and programme of action for young people. It however kicked off yesterday with a conference for youths.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Sadc secretariat, the meeting will run up to Friday, under the theme: Youth Empowerment and Participation for Sustainable Development and is expected to be attended by Sadc ministers responsible for Youth, their senior officials and youth organizations in the region.

“The main purpose of the meeting is to bring together ministers responsible for youth and key stakeholders to discuss the five-year regional strategy and programme of action for youth and the empowerment and participation in regional co-operation and integration for sustainable development in Sadc. The meeting is also supposed to come up with a “Declaration on Youth Development and Empowerment”.

It will also tackle issues to do with “mainstreaming youth empowerment and participation in agriculture, food and nutrition security”. The meeting will also look at the establishment of a Sadc Youth Co-ordinating Body or union to facilitate youth leadership and participation in Sadc regional co-operation and integration efforts. It will also deal with “preparation of a Sadc common position to African Union and other international forums”.

The Zimbabwean delegation to the meeting is expected to be represented by The Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and economic empowerment Hon Francis Nhema.

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Ministry of Youth and Z.Y.C Conducts Rapid Needs Survey in VTC’S PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:07

Zimbabwe Youth Council partnered with the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment to conduct rapid surveys of the needs of young people in Vocational Youth Training Centres around the country. This comes as the next stage in the rolling out of upgraded and state of the art Vocational Centres, in which the preceding stage was the identification of the particular VTCs where this initiative was to be commissioned.

The exercise which is expected to be administered in all the country’s ten provinces kicked off in the Masvingo and Manicaland provinces. The strategy employed in implementing the survey assumed the shape of focus group discussions with a sample of 26 young people who were balanced on gender.

The focus group discussions concentrated on a set of questions which included asking the youths to identify vocational centers within their communities, to state the status quo of the infrastructure, to state the attendance levels at the centers and also identifying the activities that takes place at the centers and taking suggestions of additional facilities or preferred activities that were currently not offered there. The information aspect at the centers was also deliberated on; participants listed the information currently available and other preferred information which they wished to access.

The findings from both provinces proved that the activities which currently characterise the youth centers are not gender sensitive as most activities suit male youths more than their female counterparts. Women felt they would rather engage in productive activities than to spend the day sweating it out in the gym to no economic or personal development value. 

At Mutare Vocational centre one interesting idea came up for preferred information as the focus group for women concurred that African Cultural Dynamics ought to be part of the preferred information package available at the centres , wherein a young woman can walk in and learn of traditional birth control methods, traditional cooking recipes or traditional child care.
It is expected that this exercise will be completed by early next year wherein the funding partners will act on the findings to institute implementation.

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Junior MPs and Councillors Host feedback Report PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:19

Mashonaland East Province will be conducting its Junior Parliament and Junior Councils feedback meeting at Kujeke Stadium in Hwedza on Friday 3 October from 0900hrs.

The feedback meeting follows community consultations conducted by Junior Councillors in their respective wards and the District meetings conducted to consolidate the ward reports. Junior Rural District Council chairs will be presenting their reports before the Provincial Children's assembly made up of Junior MPs from the Province and 10 Junior Councillors from each district.

The Hon Minister of Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Francis Nhema will be guest of honour at the event which will be graced by the Provincial Minister Honourable Simbaneuta Mudarikwa MP, UNICEF Country Rep, Chiefs and Senior MPs from the province.

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