Ahead of the event scheduled for March 2 -8, organisers of the congress paid tribute to Bayanai, whom they described as a social entrepreneur, human rights activist and a global change-maker from Zimbabwe.
“Since 2010 James Bayanai has been involved in International Youth Advocacy, humanitarian initiatives as well as preaching the gospel of Zimbabwe to the nations. In his bid to change the world James Bayanai has raised the Zimbabwean flag in various countries which include Turkey, Austria, German, Switzerland, Brazil and the USA,” said the organisers.
“Having made it through the most difficult educational environment in rural Zimbabwe, James Bayanai vowed to fight tooth and nail, to prevent other children from going through the same experience. Born in the rural community of Chirumanzu in 1983, James has proved to be a bright star casting light on the lives of many children in his rural home and neighbouring communities by establishing the Zimbabwe Youth Development Foundation Trust (ZYDFT).”
ZYDFT is currently involved in a programme called Zuva Rabuda/Sunrise, which has seen the project acquire and distribute more than 100,000 reading books to needy schools in the country’s rural communities.
The organisation has also established a rural scholarship programme which is benefiting exceptional but less privileged children and is involved in establishing a community library in Chirumanzu. Bayanai’s commitment to empowering thousands of young people was recognised internationally when he was selected among the 2013 top 20 JCI Outstanding Young People of the World programme and was selected as one of the 2013 Ten Young Outstanding Young People of Zimbabwe.
Bayanai expressed modesty at the invitation to Nigeria.
“I am humbled to be invited to Nigeria’s Ondo State as a special guest speaker at the International Youth Congress Nigeria 2014. I am looking forward to meeting over 600 Nigerian youths from different states and share best practices,” he said.Post published in: News