Child leaders speak on New Year

MUNESUHELLO THERE ! Every year we celebrate the New Year and make our resolutions, this year it is also the same, we are celebrating the New Year with friends and family. If you are looking for some words or inspirations from other kids, here is what we compiled from child leaders around Zimbabwe. Each one speaks and has wishes and encouragement for their subjects prior to 2016.

Firstly I would like to say Happy New Year to every Zimbabwean child, 2015 came and went with its problems and worries now we embrace 2016. It is a new beginning, a fresh start and chance to amend our “mistakes”. 2016 is a leap year so it should be different in a way, make memories and do something that will leave a mark for a change. I urge every child to be focused, determined to achieve set goals. See yourself ten years from now and develop a culture natured with diligence and pride. Do not let people take the driving seat in your life, take control and occupy every space. Lastly, live life to the fullest for with God nothing is impossible.

His Excellency Samuel Nyarenda, 17, Child President, Mazoe High School

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I would like to wish all youths a Happy New Year. Make 2016 a year of transformation from a directionless trajectory to that with meaning and purpose in life. For those writing public exams in 2016 I would like to urge them to focus on their studies so that they can change their lives for the better. I also urge youths to shun early marriages and desist from deplorable behaviour, use of recreational and hard drugs.

Honourable Fungai Makuyana, Child Speaker of Parliament, Terrence Cecil Hardy High School, Ruwa

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It is yet another beautiful year, compliments of the season to everyone. For the 2016 Advanced Level students it either makes or breaks our future. To all the candidates, I wish you the best. Let us all work hard and enjoy our last year before we head to college. A new year brings new opportunities for everyone so grab every opportunity thrown your way this year and make the best of it. Wishing everyone a blessed 2016. Life is what you make it, so let us make wise choices.

Honourable Samantha Monera, 17, Deputy Junior Mayor Harare City Council, Dzivarasekwa 2 High

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I want to say congratulations to students who achieved something in 2015 and wish them a happy and prosperous new year. My message to these guys is that the world is and is waiting to be exploited by you, by your dreams, by your talent. Do not throw what you have away because of peer pressure or that life is hard on you, but be strong in your heart and let that light in you shine and be proud to carry our brand logo “PROUDLY ZIMBABWEAN’’. We are our country’s future, I say let us as children join hands and help make it easy to fight issues that affects us that include child marriages, abuse, exploitation etc. Disappointment does not mean the end of struggle, but what we make will define the fate of our reign as children. To my fellow leaders l say with great power comes great responsibility. Once again l wish you the best in 2016.

Honourable Vision Mazvanya, 16, Chinhoyi Junior Mayor, Blue Waters Academy

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Compliments of the season, New Year means new resolutions and to all my fellow students I wish you a glorious and prosperous year. Work hard and put God first in all ways HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Honourable Boaz Chishri, 20, Ruwa Junior Mayor, Rose of Sharon High School

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I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and also reminding my peers that life is not an ipod or mp3 player where we only listen to our favourite songs but it’s a radio and we must adjust to whatever comes out so this year let us take life as it is through hard times and the good times.

Tafadzwa Ponela, 19, Former Harare Junior Councillor, Goromonzi High School

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The beginning of a new year is a chance to get it right, achieving goals that could not be met last year and also setting new goals. This year I would want to put an end to child marriages and be the voice of the voiceless. As the New Year commences, I would like to advice exam classes to start preparing for their exams. “The earliest bird catches the fattest worm.”

Honourable Rufaro Majora, 17, Kadoma Junior Mayoress, Waverly High School

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It is unbelievable how fast 2015 has gone by. It seems like yesterday we were starting to prepare for this year, getting ready to make our list of goals evaluating the things we did in 2014. Now pretty much with the blink of an eye we are doing the same thing but heading for 2016. Where has time gone? As the years pass by its always important to keep our loved ones in our minds and hearts to always show them how much we care. The New Year gives us fresh 365 days to play with, fill them up with whatever our heart desires so that we have no regrets at the end of the annual cycle. New Year marks new beginning, new people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. Here is to wishing you the happiest New Year ever. Let us unite and stand for what we believe in. Say no to child marriages, drug and alcohol abuse. Saluting my senior Mayor for his hand in all that I’ve succeeded in my term in office

Honourable Chido Hondoma, 18, Chegutu Junior Mayor, St Francis High School

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I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and a great study year. Work hard, play hard and pray hard God be with all of you.

Honourable Lubalethu Mhlanga, 18, Bulawayo Junior Mayoress, Founders High School

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Compliments of the season to you all boys and girls, 2015 has been a great year for most of us as some did well in their school work and some achieved their goals. It is a pity that some of us were involved in worldly activities such as child marriage and drug abuse as life was not easy during the year. On behalf of many Junior Parliamentarians I would like to say happy New Year. To all the children and youth of Zimbabwe I encourage you all to continue being good and obedient children to your parents and teachers. Let us also join hands and stop child marriages and drug abuse as it ruins our lives and hinders us from accessing many educational and health rights. Good luck to all those who will be sitting for their examinations in 2016, I hope you make us proud.

Honourable Leonel Maswera, Junior Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Maungwa High School

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Great are my praises for all those who made 2015 possible especially for the young Zimbabweans, major stakeholders in the civil society and the Ministry of Health and Child Care which vaccinated thousands of children in my community. What an incredible year 2015 was. For all the young Zimbabweans who did not experience the good side of it and those who did not achieve their goals, who in each and every turn you attempted to take all that was before you was the dark side of 2015 and failure at each and every angle. Do not lose heart because in those failures, pains of your past experiences lay the secrets and seeds of your success. Take advantage of those mistakes that you committed In the past year because you will not repeat them again. Discover the seeds of your success in your failures and may the grace of the Lord be with you in this wonderful year.

Honourable Munesu Matsenga, 17, Chitungwiza Junior Mayor, Zengeza 2 High

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I would like to wish all the youths out there a brilliant 2016. Often we make mistakes, we may fall on our face but we have to get up and stand tall cause we can do anything we set our minds on. It is a brand new year, you may not be able to make amends for your wrongs but you can make one step further to fulfilling your set destiny. As youths we often underestimate our capabilities and it is up to us to work as hard as we can in 2016 to make our potential fully realised. Live safe, make wise decisions that will benefit your life and remember your past is not your potential, in any hour you can choose to liberate your future.

Honourable Tendai Kambasha, 17, Junior Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, St Ignatius College

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Good day to you all, I hope I find you all well and ready for yet another year to unleash your individual potentialities. We must all remember that a new year brings with it a cornucopia of possibilities, those that are waiting for you and me to grab and never let go of. With these opportunities we can continue in the mission to make Zimbabwe a better place for generations to come. Aristotle once asserted, “To move the world you must first move yourself.” With this in mind, let us make the most of the year ahead of us, moving onward with a passion for change. Above all, let us not be shaken when obstacles arise, for we know that we do not overcome obstacles by making them smaller, we overcome them by making ourselves bigger. Stay safe, do well and have a serene 2016.

Honourable Makomborero Muropa, 17, Harare Junior Councillor, St John’s High School Emerald Hill

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“Arise & shine, you are the light of this world. It is you who has to make that difference in your family, workplace and in your country. Stop the blame-game and be the solution to every problem. No pain, no gain, so do not stop because you are tired but stop because you are finished. Be blessed in every angle of your life in Jesus Christ’s name.

Honourable Fredrick Mavhiza, 19, Former Harare Junior Councillor, Goromonzi High School

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