Magwegwe youths pay tribute to Africa

Youths in Magwegwe’s  ward 29 in Bulawayo have held belated Africa day commemorations under the theme “Celebrating the diversity of Zimbabwean Youths’ where young people pledged to participate more in civic issues for the benefit of their community and country.

Part of the crowd that commemorated Africa day

The function was held under the Bulawayo Youth Council banner and comprised of arts performances, presentations and discussions. The commemorations were attended by young people from all over the Magwegwe constituency and some community leaders including the councilor for ward 29. A good number of parents also turned up to give their children moral support.

Main speaker at the event Mr. Emmanuel Ndlovu said it was time young people in Africa claimed and controlled their resources, but only for the benefit of their development not that of political opportunists as has been the case so far.

“Western countries have exploited us and our resources but so have our leaders. Where are the Chiadzwa diamonds because so far they have not worked for our benefit?” said Ndlovu.

A local arts group performs on the importance of fighting child abuse in Africa

The commemorations were aimed at getting youths to recognize the role they have to play in the transformation of Africa as a self dependent continent despite their individual differences. NYDT through the BYC seeks to get young people involved in self driven development projects in their communities.

The commemorations were an idea driven and implemented fully by youths in the community  and as echoed by Liberman Bhebhe, NYDT’s Director

“This activity is a sign that young people can take ownership of their communities and transform them into vibrant, democratic and well governed environments”, he said.

NYDT has been facilitating community-led activities targeting youths , through its Bulawayo Youth Council platform. The organization has created platforms for youth participation in local and national governance processes and disseminated information for effective youth participation and community sensitization on the rights and responsibilities of youths.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by sizo on June 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Main speaker at the event Mr. Emmanuel Ndlovu, good point there.

    Reply

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