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Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
February 19, 2010
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it takes to lead an ecumenical youth organisation in Zimbabwe
My name is Innocent
Kasiyano. I am currently working as the National Coordinator
of the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ). My marriage
with SCMZ dates back to 2003 when I joined as a member during my
first year at the University
of Zimbabwe (UZ). In 2005 I was elected the National Secretary
General, a position I held for a year and subsequently I became
the National Coordinator in 2007.
As a young person
I am so passionate about students rights and the rights of young
people. Coming from a background of a society which has been looking
down upon young people (as people without seriousness), I had the
zeal and passion to fight for young people's rights so that
is why I was part of the youth movement and the student movement.
But surprisingly my parents like any other parents, wanted me to
pursue a white collar profession, where I would have my own spacious
office. They never imagined me working in the ecumenical movement.
In fact it shocked them to learn that I was actively involved in
activism, because I grew up a very reserved person. Even myself
there are some sacrifices I have made for other young people's
rights which are quite shocking. That is the sole reason I believe
that the work I am doing is a calling from God. The passion inherent
in me as a young person has moved me to consider myself as the sacrificial
lamb. All this is hinged on my strong belief in the word of God
which has kept me going for it says that the "Righteous shall
never labour in vain." I believe that one day we shall have
a Zimbabwe where everyone regardless of age or colour shall enjoy
God given rights. I remember when I joined the UZ, educational standards
were getting so low, that every student was forced to stand up and
defend one's rights. This has resulted in a series of demonstrations,
with some culminating in violence.
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