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National Youth Development Trust
June 03 2013
Women’s Study Circle: The National Youth Development
Trust held a Young Women’s Study Circle with participants
drawn from Cowdray Park and Luveve in Bulawayo. The meeting was
held with the aim of providing a platform for young women to discuss
social, economic and political issues that affect them in their
communities while collectively suggesting solutions to the issues.
Some of the issues discussed were communication between young women
and their parents, issues of maternal and other healthcare services,
political marginalization, unemployment and lack of income amongst
Of major significance
was the fact that the young women agreed to participate in key national
issues effectively so that their voice is also heard. They agreed
to vote for women, who they said would best represent their needs,
emphasising the importance of having one common goal as women. The
young women also encouraged the NYDT to continue providing such
platforms as they helped them share experiences and develop unity
of purpose amongst themselves. They also urged the organisation
to facilitate more intergenerational dialogues as these would also
help strengthen the relationships between older and younger women.
The young women’s
study circle is a part of the breaking the culture of silence project
and aims at enhancing the voice of young women in the national socio-economic
and political discourse by providing them safe spaces in which to
clearly articulate their issues.
and Communication Technology (ICT) Training: The National
Youth Development Trust held an ICT training for some of the Bulawayo
Youth Councillors in an effort to enhance their capacity to utilize
information technology in their development work. The training focused
on introducing the participants to the use of the computers, specifically
to the Microsoft Windows Operating System and the Internet, citizen
journalism and blogging as a well as stimulating their interest
in ways of improving their information sharing methods by introducing
them to different functions of social networks.
Some of the
participants were assisted in creating email addresses and Facebook
accounts as they were using the internet for the first time during
the training. The training workshop was practical and highly participatory
and hence offered the participants an opportunity to experience
using the computers on their own. Given the limited time, participants
were encouraged to frequently visit the NYDT information centre
that offers them free access to computers and the internet so that
they may further their computer utilization skills.
were also encouraged to stay alert on what is transpiring in their
communities so that they can communicate the issues with other people
through the internet with the help of the NYDT. It is the hope of
the NYDT that eventually these young people will be able to fully
utilize the internet, particularly social networks to mobilize and
communicate with other young people.
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