On the 9th of April 2019, Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) in conjunction with Economic Justice for Women Project (EJWP) and other 24 Civic Society Organisations hosted a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop which served a harbinger to a Constitutional Awareness Campaign (CAC) to be launched in Harare. The CA campaign seeks to enhance informed citizen participation through upholding and respecting the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The Training of Trainers was facilitated by the Executive Directors of VISET and EJWP and participants were drawn from 14 representatives from other civic organisations.
The main objective of the training was to provide civic education to the trainers with the view to have them cascading the training to their communities at the lowest level. The training covered the following agenda items:
- Constitutional Awareness and Knowledge
- The notion of Civic Education
- Active citizenry
- Civic Education Knowledge
- Skills for Active Citizenship
- Common problems facing civic education in their respective areas
- The notion of Citizen Participation and the skills needed to promote it.
This intervention sought to disseminate information and knowledge to the citizens about the importance of upholding and defending the Constitution as the supreme law of Zimbabwe. The training was very interactive as the participants raised issues and demonstrated their knowledge through short plays, dramas, written phrases, songs and poems. In a week to come, VISET in collaboration with the other 25 organisations, will be taking the campaign to the various districts of Harare.
Source: Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET)