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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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Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 08:31
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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ZYC Host Youth Development Report Consultations PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:09

Zimbabwe Youth Council and partners recently held a Youth Development Report Consultations Workshop in Kadoma where youth leaders and experts gathered from different sectors to contribute and feed into the exercise. The primary role of the Report will be to measure progress and guide government on all Youth Development initiatives in the country.

The Zimbabwe Youth Development Report (ZYDR) will reinforce policy debate on various issues affecting youth development. These include the link between youth development and the broader concept of human development, the potentials of a youth bulge, and the introduction of a measure for youth development in Zimbabwe. The report will explore the opportunities and challenges of youth development and discuss investment in youth social development through education and health. The report will further consider the relationship between youth economic productivity and youth well being. In this report, the youth will be defined as people resident in Zimbabwe aged 15 to 35 years.

It is envisaged that the 2013-2014 ZYDR will introduce a new measure for youth development in Zimbabwe, the Youth Development Index (YDI). The index will assess the degree of inclusion and social integration of the youth in national development processes with respect to education, health and income. The report will discuss youth participation in national governance and will put forward a strong argument for more resources to be committed towards a future YDI to include a wider variety of youth development indicators. The comprehensive YDI will measure youth participation, self-development, social relationships, identity, leisure time, deviant behavior and self-empowerment, all of which play a critical role in youth development. a more robust YDI framework for Zimbabwe can only be realized through conducting longitudinal studies and surveys on each thematic area of focus.

The specific Zimbabwe Youth Development Report (ZYDR) objectives are to:
•    Outline the priority issues and realities of youth in Zimbabwe
•    Determine the key change strategies for positive youth development
•    Appraise national policies that relate to and facilitate different aspects of youth development
•    Analyse existing programmes and determine features for successfully developing youth
•    Develop a robust data collection and reporting system to inform Government and stakeholders in youth development on the prevailing status of youth.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:19
Amending to the Zimbabwe Youth Council Act PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:28

The Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) wish to advise registered Youth Associations, Youth Serving Organisations and other  interested parties within the Youth Sector that it has embarked on amending the Zimbabwe Youth Council Act [CHAPTER 25:19]as amended in 1997, in a bit to align it with Zimbabwe’s  New Constitution. The process of amending the ZYC Act will involve ward consultation from registered youth associations and interested parties. We encourage Youth Associations to familiarise themselves with the ZYC Act for them to know what needs to be amended. The current Youth Council Act can be found on the on the Zimbabwe Youth Council Website.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:38
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