Regina Mundi Scoops First Prize at Lupane Public Speaking Contest

…as NYDT and the Lupane Youth Council reach out to more rural youths.

Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Empowerment and Indigenisation, Mr Thamsanqa Mahlangu has commended the National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) and the recently formed Lupane Youth Council for taking development programmes like the High Schools Public Speaking Competition to remote areas like Lupane, saying such programmes are the breeding ground for future leadership.

Speaking as guest of honour at the 2010 edition of the Lupane High Schools Public Speaking Competition, Mr Thamsanqa Mahlangu who is also the Member of Parliament for Nkulumane constituency said that platforms like the Child Parliament were filled with vibrant young men and women who were groomed through platforms such as public speaking.

“We encourage this very much and hope this will be taken to other parts of the country because this is where future parliamentarians and cabinet ministers are bred” said Mahlangu. The minister also encouraged the young leaders to participate in the constitution making process and ensure that they safeguard their natural resources like timber which is currently not benefitting the locals.
Twelve secondary and high schools battled for the top position at the bilingual (Ndebele and English) contest which was adjudicated by Dr Bhala, the Lupane State University vice-chancellor, Sithandazile Dube, a former teacher and a renowned performing artist and Desire Moyo who is also a former teacher and performing artist. The three have vast knowledge and experience of the competition and are linguists in their own rights.
The 2010 competition’s first prize went to Nyasha Mabvira of Regina Mundi High School; Second Prize to Mabhikwa High School which was represented by Rejoice Mlilo and the second runner up was Bekezela Zulu of Jotsholo high school. The trio received stationery hampers, cash prizes, personal trophies and Shields for their schools.

Mr Wonder Phiri, programs officer for MS Action Aid Zimbabwe, NYDT’s development partners, stated that more still needs to be done to enhance youths’ participation in different sectors of Zimbabwe’s socio-political and economic processes. The Youth Councils initiative under NYDT’s Young Voices in Local Governance project falls under MS Action Aid Zimbabwe Building Local Democracy project that has seen several youth organisations receiving support in pursuance of enhancing youth participation in decision making. NYDT is currently completing the formation of the Lupane Youth Council (LYC) which is another initiative the organisation hopes will encourage young people in the area to participate fully in local governance and policy making issues.

This year’s competition was also held to commemorate the day of the African Child which is commemorated annually on the 16th of June. NYDT took the opportunity to inspire the youths to participate in the current constitution making process as a way of ushering in a new constitutional order that will ensure democratic governance. It was pointed out that the current socio-political crises were a result of suppressed civic participation and the constitution making process should provide an opportunity to re-invest in the confidence of Zimbabweans and it should embrace principles that empower local people.

The competition was held at the Kusile Rural District Council (KRDC) Hall; councillors, community leaders and civic society leaders attended the function. In his welcom remarks, the KRDC vice chairperson thanked the organisation and pledged the council’s support for such and other developmental initiatives.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by chindangu dominic on July 13, 2010 at 11:17 am

    that was goog


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