From May 10 to May 13, 2018 Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) held a Youth Policy Tracking Group Workshop at Karumazondo Outdoor Center. It brought together over 60 young people from across the country. The workshop enabled the youth to discuss issues around policy formulation and parliamentary processes.
Youth Policy Tracking Group is a National Youth Association under the ZYC. It enables the young advocates to actively track legislative issues and assure continuity of afore mentioned activities. The group runs under the hashtag #Zim2063 in line with the vision of the African Union and harnessing the Demographic Dividend. It operates as a youth network with the major aim of advocating and lobbying for the youth voice in policy and legislation formulation and implementation.
The successful workshop was structured to enable the young people to contribute new ideas to the national youth policy.
During the workshop youth learnt about mutual understanding, were equipped with knowledge, ideas and resources to transform their lives for the better, built relationships among themselves and were empowered to strengthen the youth networks in the country. In his welcome address to the workshop participants, The Assistant Director, Youth Programming and Public Relations for Zimbabwe Youth Council, Mr Tanzikwa Guranungo underscored the need for youth to be well apprised with legislature including the guiding principles of the Zimbabwe Youth Council. The Parliament of Zimbabwe’s Mr. Prince Daniel took the young people through all parliamentary processes. This included the participation of citizens in policy formulation and the role of the various arms of government in delivering service to the citizens
The young people also had the opportunity to go through team building activities, self development sessions as well as peaceful conflict resolution.
Participants also included representatives from Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation who also shared their vision on youth empowerment and participation.