Youth fighting adversities

HARARE - An administrator by profession, Kuda Dube, 24, had his dreams shattered in June this year when he was involved in a road accident.

He injured his hip on three places after a Kombi he was travelling in overturned. Dube was on his way to the city centre from his home in Mabvuku, one of the oldest suburbs in Harare.

He emerged from the accident with a fractured hip bone that affected his waist and spinal code. He could not continue with his administrative work.

After recuperating, he decided to do something else.  He started a grinding mill business in his home area that allowed him to gain some income and keep him occupied.

“I refused to be let down by my circumstances and I chose to start a business of a grinding mill. I have someone who assists me and I supervise the whole process,” said Dube.

Dube is involved in community activities that allow him to interact with like-minded youths and some with different mind sets.

Zimbabwe is faced with a number of challenges. Citizens have devised different methods of coping with various situations.

Some have gone spiritual, seeking the Lord’s intervention; some have realised that skipping the border is best, while others have reasoned they could make their livelihoods from the communities they live in.

A number of inspirational speakers have emerged with some choosing to speak on aspects that touch the lives of people and seeking to change their thinking to a “can-do” attitude.

Dube is one young man who decided to join a mentorship programme geared at ensuring he realises his potential as a young man despite his circumstances.

He was trained by inspirational speaker and author Rabison Shumba, founder of the Greatness Factory Trust, a non-profit organisation formed in 2010.

The organisation focuses on building the capacity of young people to turn around their circumstances so as to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the economy.

Shumba said: “If we do not take time to invest in the next generation, there may never be a next generation to talk about.

“Young people are always searching for opportunities to learn something new, opportunities to be mentored and coached in the direction they must go to achieve success”.

The training entitled “Mabvuku Youth Leadership Development Programme” ran in two phases which included two leadership workshops and one coaching session.

The leadership workshops were hosted on November 10 and 17 with the coaching sessions happening on November 24.

 “We have chosen to go into disadvantaged communities to work with youths from the ages of 18 to 35, initially focussing on building their leadership capacity to position them to become aware of how they can contribute towards bringing solutions to the challenges faced by their families and communities,” he said.

“We are starting in Mabvuku and we hope to find ways to replicate these efforts to other parts of Harare and ultimately Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.”

Participants comprised a mixture of youths that are not gainfully employed and those who had started their own organisations but still lack in leadership skills.

Artists, avid sports personalities, cross border traders and caterers made up the group of 56 that was trained with an equal representation of gender.

Youths were challenged to come up with projects that would benefit the community.

The youths in Mabvuku decided to engage in a project to renovate the community centre where the leadership workshop and coaching sessions were carried out.

At the youths’ graduation ceremony, Lovemore Nyatsine, CEO of Capernaum Trust spoke passionately about his own story, how he came from humble disadvantaged beginnings and transformed his life.

“The circumstances of your birth do not matter, what matters more is where you are going. If I have done it, this means that you too can create a success story if you are determined enough to succeed. Mabvuku will never be the same again.”

In his budget statement, Finance minister Tendai Biti dedicated a section on youth unemployment stating a key consideration in empowerment is the recognition by the inclusive government that up to 70 percent of Zimbabwe’s population are youths, that is to say people under the age of 35 years.

He said the majority of these persons are unemployed, with youth unemployment in Zimbabwe being four times higher than that of adults.

“Regrettably, youth unemployment is no longer just an economic issue,” Biti said.

“Unemployed educated youths have become a hot bed of social movements, resistance and implosion as has been witnessed during the Arab Spring.”

“Getting youths employed or involved in meaningful economic activities has become a paramount imperator of all developing economies,” Biti said.

Zimbabwe is a signatory to a plethora of international protocols and conventions which include, the UN Millennium Declaration of September 2000 and UN resolution on promoting youth employment of December 2002, UN resolution concerning policies and programmes involving the youth ratified in January 2004 and many others which entails that Zimbabwe provide employment to the youth.

“To get youths employed and engaged in meaningful programmes of empowerment requires a number of solutions which include, a growing economy that is producing jobs, an economy able to generate savings and foreign direct investment to assist those venturing into entrepreneurship; and an education system that recognises the importance of vocational and technical training,” Biti said.

He mentioned a number of activities the government should put in place to ensure employment of the youth.

The onus is on the youth — to monitor the implementation of the budget and to make sure they do their part while ensuring the government is held accountable.

Unemployed educated youths have become a hot bed of social movements, resistance and implosion as has been witnessed during the Arab Spring...Participants at the Mabvuku Leadership Training Workshop. - Margaret Chinowaita

Comments (1)

A big thank you to DailyNews for showcasing our work in the community of Mabvuku. We are passionate about building the next generation to be the best they can ever be, to be the people they were made to become. This will bring a great sense of purpose, responsibility and accountability. Thank you once more Rabison Shumba Director Greatness Factory Trust

rab.shumba - 4 December 2012

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