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National Disability Expo 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:20

Yeukai Karengezeka Arts Correspondent (Herald Zimbabwe)
Preparations for the National Disability Expo running from July 30 to August 1 at the Africa Unity Square are at an advanced stage. One of the event organisers, Ticha Muzavazi, said everything is in place and all the groups taking part have confirmed their participation. “Everything is in place for our event and all the groups have confirmed their participation and this time our event is bigger as compared to last year’s,” he said.

The second edition of the expo will run under the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities through an inclusive Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation”.

“The National Disability Expo seeks to exhibit what persons with disabilities are capable of achieving if empowered with the right skills, tools and policies that enable them to excel in their desired ventures.

“These people are able to bring socio-economic development to our nation if they are empowered,” he said.
Muzavazi said different schools and arts groups around the country will be taking part at the expo.

“We have lot schools this time and some of them include St Giles, Jairos Jiri, Greenlight International, Danhiko High School, Albino Charity Organisation and Kapota School for the Blind.”

Gospel musician Munyaradzi Munodawafa is expected to perform on the official day together with Baba Gonora who usually performs in streets.
Muzavazi said the expo will unite the disabled people and help them share skills.

“The expo will unite all the groups around the country because they live in separate areas. All the performers will have one combined act on the last day.

“We will also identify the most talented and we will groom them so that they become the best in areas of speciality,” he said.
The event is organised by the Office of the President and Cabinet (Disability Desk) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund. The disability expo was established last year.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:45
 
Pay back, Youths Told PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 07:01

Youths should pay back loans availed to them for projects under the Youth Fund to enable others to benefit in a revolving manner, Vice President Joice Mujuru has said.This comes in the wake of reports that CABS has suspended disbursement of part of US$10 million to the Youth Fund following a high rate of default on re-payments.Thousands of youths benefited from the US$5 million disbursed under the fund, but over 78 percent of those loans are not performing as the youths are not servicing them.

Addressing delegates during the National Youth Conference on youth skills for employment, entrepreneurship and industry growth in Harare yesterday, VP Mujuru said youths should utilise the various funds established for them to access capital for starting projects. The conference was jointly organised by the Zimbabwe Youth Council and the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment to discuss issues of youth development.“Tisatsindire mwena weshwa nokusabhadhara zvikwereti ndapota,” VP Mujuru said.

“Come up with ideas designed to establish viable projects in your areas of interest. Identify the opportunities within your communities which can be commercially viable.” Most youths, she said, were in a hurry to make “quick money.” “Be patient,” she said. “Most of you are in a hurry to make money and don’t care how they make that money. It is disastrous because the quicker you make that money the worse you are going to use it.”

VP Mujuru said youths were a special group that needed support and protection from Government. She said the theme for the conference, “Realigning the Youth Sector towards Skills Development for Poverty Reduction” resonated well with the Zim-Asset. “It is aligned to the social services and poverty reduction cluster which focuses on employment creation, economic empowerment and human capital development,” VP Mujuru said.
“The cluster emphasises prioritisation of vocational and technical skills development, including psychomotor, increased programmes to empower unemployed graduates as well as the need to maintain and promote cadetship programmes.”

VP Mujuru said Government’s interventions should be inclusive enough to cater for various groups with special needs such as the disabled, those living with HIV and Aids, and young women.
She urged young people to explore ICTs as they “create endless possibilities”. “Besides WhatsApp, Facebook and other forms of social media, I implore you to acquaint yourselves with more ICT issues to do with e-learning, e-agriculture, e-commerce, among others,” she said.

Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Francis Nhema said the Ministry was scaling up efforts to establish more disciplines at various vocational training centres to cater for the changing needs in the market and industrial development. “We have to ask ourselves who we are and where we are going,” he said. “Unless we do that, we will not achieve our goals. You are the future, you determine where you want to be. But as we move forward, let us make an introspection and take a holistic approach that will see our society being economically empowered.”

Harare Provincial Affairs Minister Miriam Chikukwa said: “Youth development is in one of the private sectors and Government’s agendas. The youths have the right to determine their future, let us give them a role to participate in economic development.”
The conference was attended by Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, several Cabinet Ministers, deputy Ministers, permanent secretaries and senior Government officials.

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ZYC to host National Youth Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014 09:53

More than 1000 young people drawn from all the provinces are expected to attend the National Youth Conference slated for 16th and 17th of July in a Harare at the University of Zimbabwe grounds.
The conference which will run under the theme “Realigning the Youth Sector towards Skills Development and Poverty Reduction”, will engage organized groups of young people to share their aspirations and envisaged solutions to the challenges they are facing in the youth development and economic sector as well as to build a well-coordinated youth sector effectively participating in the economy and reducing poverty in Zimbabwe.

Service providers from public sector, private sector, civic society and development partners will use the platform to engage the youth and share their vision in contributing to the current youth development paradigm in Zimbabwe. In addition, the conference will be used as a platform to re-organize the youth sector and establishing a coordinated approach to youth development interventions across the sectors. Deliberations will include interactive panel discussions, led by players from various sectors.

Furthermore, the conference will establish a youth development coordination forum to foster an enabling environment for integrated visioning and planning for youth development and develop strategies for enhanced implementation of the 2013 National Conference on Youth Skills for Employment Conference recommendations focused on skills development.

During the conference, participants will be taken through the ministry of youth’s vision and the Zimbabwe youth Council mandate.
The Vice President of Zimbabwe Amai Mujuru, cabinet ministers, youth associations, civil society, media and captains of industry are expected to attend the conference.
The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment and Zimbabwe Youth Council with the support of World Bank are organising the conference



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 06:06
 
ZYC set to celebrate Population Day PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014 08:42

The United Nations' (UN) World Population Day is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world. this years theme is "Investing in Young people".

The Day's commemoration aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The day is celebrated worldwide by business groups, community organizations and individuals in many ways. Activities include seminar discussions, educational information sessions and essay competitions.

In 1968 world leaders proclaimed that individuals had a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. About 40 years later modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men and young people. World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.

Since then, with the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals organize various educational activities to celebrate the annual event.

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22nd Session,Junior Parliament Officially Opened: PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014 08:23

The 22nd session of the Junior Parliament begun with the Child President, Nhlanla Moyo applauding government for the strides made in the education sector. He however called for more attention towards enhancing the quality of education and the forcing of children into early marriages.

Some of the issues put before the Junior Parliament for debate included free education, sanitation in schools, the environment in which children are studying in and other issues compromising the quality of education.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe, who has never missed a session of the opening of the Junior Parliament since its inception in 1991, was also in attendance.

The Junior Parliament 22nd session was held jointly with the belated commemorations to mark the Day of the African Child, which is commemorated every year on the 16th of June around the continent.

In response to the issues raised by Child Parliamentarians, Senior Cabinet Ministers who where present took heed of the Junior Parliament concerns:

Cabinet ministers said they will take into consideration concerns raised. Responding to issues raised by junior parliamentarians, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said no child should be sent home for not paying fees.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was saddened by the number of cases of rape being reported but assured the junior parliamentarians that there were appropriate laws to bring the culprits to book.

“We have crafted laws that protect children and the new constitution,” he said.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Cde Nicholas Goche said his ministry has set up a system that will enable children to report cases of abuse and receive swift response.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cde Lazarus Dokora said his ministry is revisiting the criteria that is used when selecting school heads as some are failing to deliver.

All the ministers unanimously concurred that the ability of the children to articulate their issues and the high quality of debate surpasses the real parliament.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 08:42
 
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