Lovemore Meya Cool Lifestyle Correspondent
Chitungwiza Junior Council on Saturday last week incorporated youths from the large town in commemorating the belated Day of African Child at Chibuku Stadium, Unit H where they exchanged notes on various teenager related issues including rights of children.
In an interview with this publication, acting junior mayor who is the junior town clerk Poseidon Tsautsau said they decided to hold the belated celebrations at home.
“Today we are celebrating the belated commemorations of the Day of the Africa Child in Chitungwiza which is away from Harare since children from this area do not get the opportunity to attend them on June 16,” said Tsautsau.
“We are celebrating through a soccer tournament for the community and local schools with teams battling out in Under 12, 14 and 16 for the junior mayor trophy. We also had an exhibition from Shamwari Yemwanasikana teaching people of empowering girls in the Government structure.
“Girls must be empowered in everything that we do in our communities it must have female involvement.”
He said school children and those from the community were also privileged to learn more about drug abuse.
“With the organisation like Community Against Drug and Substance Abuse (CADASA) everyone here was able to understand the importance of staying away from drug abuse that comes with repercussions,” he said.
He said the main purpose of the celebrations in the town was also bent on installing discipline and boosting confidence in them.
“The day went well as we planned with more than 200 people
in attendance including sitting junior councillors, prospective junior councillors drawn from 29 schools and children from the community.”
The celebrations were under the theme “Conflicts and crises, protecting child rights”.
Shamwari Yemwanasikana director said it was a very important
for them to be part of the celebrations.
“It was an amazing experience sharing with school children and as SYS we are working on comprehensive strategies that include initiatives to empower girls, mobilise families and communities as agents of change, provide adequate services and advocate for legal framework that protects girls from marriage and its negative consequences,” she said.
On the day, the organisation awarded certificates with certificates for child ambassadors after going through a training session a global certificate was given to all participating schools.
Children interviewed by this publication spoke glowingly of how helpful the commemorations have positively impacted on their lives including knowing their rights and how to be a successful person in life.
Two vulnerable school dropout children were issued with scholarships to continue their secondary education by Providing Education with General Assurance Trans-fund while Citimed offered first aid to injured players during the tournament.