Today is National Youth Day in Zimbabwe. The day was proclaimed and instituted by the government in 2017 to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by youth during the history of the country as well as serve as a catalyst for the younger generation to emulate leadership values.
Since its inception in 2019, the regional, school-based programme, FutureLife-Now! has supported young people to make meaningful contributions in their schools, families and local communities. Various youth clubs established in schools have provided learners with the agency to develop initiatives which are worth celebrating. Here are just a few highlights from Zimbabwe in 2022:
Through the Boys Mentorship clubs, boys’ confidence to seek advice, knowledge and access to services has grown significantly. This was evident last year during a competition for “stories of change” where in 2021, entries were only submitted by girls. With encouragement for boys to share their stories of change and positive behaviours,