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on peace among youths commendable
July 05, 2012
The recent initiatives
by different players to bring peace and tolerance amongst young
men and women of Zimbabwe is commendable as it is has been long
overdue and looks at addressing the issue on the main actors in
this delinquent. This follows recent separate and independent efforts
by Silveira House
Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre and the Zimbabwe
Youth Council (ZYC) in Chishawasha and Chinhoyi respectively to
bring together youths from different political ideologies to work
together peacefully for the development of our country and above
all, for the betterment of the youths of Zimbabwe.
Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre last week facilitated
a workshop for youths from different political parties on peace-building
and conflict management which brought together 35 youth leaders
from the country's 10 provinces. The training was conducted
with the aim of capacitating youths to appreciate and promote good
leadership, peace-building and conflict management within and across
the political divide. At the end of the workshop, youths from the
countries different political parties showed solidarity in working
together to bring peace and tolerance to their respective constituencies.
Council also held a Peace Pact signing ceremony on 29 June 2012
in Chinhoyi. In attendance were the Junior President and over 100
young people from all political parties along with their provincial
youth leaders. On the ceremony was a unanimous agreement that peace
was a necessity and young people needed not to be abused by senior
politicians, instead young people must also take to stand as councillors
and MPs. The event saw the three parties signing a Peace Pact that
will be distributed across the province, according to the ZYC website.
are commendable and follow on efforts by other players like the
Youth Forum, which also undertook efforts aimed at peace building,
tolerance and reconciliation after the 2008
election violence. The successful Youth Forum program saw youths
from different political parties coming together and denouncing
violence and promising to work together and differ peacefully. To
date, participants in this program have never been involved in such
heinous acts again.
needs to be followed by commitment to the same efforts from senior
politicians who have been fingered in sponsoring this cancer in
our society, allowing the law enforcement agents and the courts
of justice perform their duty in stopping cases of politically motivated
violence, candid undertaking by political parties to internally
deal with individuals involved in the violence as well as the economic
empowerment of Zimbabwe's young men and women as poverty has
been proven to be a leading fuel for politically motivated violence.
The Youth Forum,
as a non-partisan youth organization, believes youths of Zimbabwe
should realise that what unites us is bigger than that which divides
us. Young people, regardless of political affiliation, face the
same problems ranging from poverty, marginalisation, exclusion from
developmental processes, economic disenfranchisement down to deadly
diseases and an unaffordable education system; it is these problems
that young people need to fight for their addressing in the different
spaces they occupy in their different political parties, and not
fight each other.
Visit the Youth
Forum fact sheet
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