Dubbed “Sports for Peace”, the project is the result of the CCDZ’s engagement with communities in a sports-for-peace campaign earlier this year, in an effort to bring different political parties together.
More than 500 people converged at the Wedza Grounds recently, to battle it out for honours in soccer and netball, while various political leaders were also invited to a tournament which Wedza Centre Councillor, Anderson Mugodhi, said was worthwhile.
“We wish this interesting programme could be held every month because the youth enjoy it. It brings them together and gives them time to reflect on various issues that affect the communities,” said Mugodhi of the event also attended by chiefs and councillors from various local wards.
CCDZ Advocacy Officer, Vellim Nyama said the initiative was meant to foster development in the area.
“Development and violence do not move together, so we want to encourage young people to work together peacefully. We are fighting for peace, freedom and youth participation because young people are being left out of different processes,” said Nyama.
“We are in the battle to create peaceful societies because in the absence of peace, development cannot be achieved.”
He bemoaned the way the youth has been used to incite violence during election time, adding that the campaign for peace through sport was premised on encouraging youths to be independent and critical thinkers empowered to develop the nation.
CCDZ’s efforts to foster peace have so far covered areas that include Mashonaland Central, East and the Midlands provinces.
Nyama said the initiatives had managed to bring both political and traditional leaders on board in various provinces.Post published in: Football