New scheme for healthy sport

A global initiative that promotes sport and healthy lifestyles in some of the world’s most remote areas was recently launched in Chirumanzu District.

The scheme, which involved the participation of youngsters and the elderly, is the brainchild of Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD).

According to GNRD officials, Chirumanzu, located some 350 km from the capital Harare, is home to many marginalised communities, with the majority of people subsisting on less than US$1 a day, far below the poverty datum line.

The sporting event, launched at Mvuma Primary School, was held under the auspices of Sport for Community Development to bring the community together to share best practices through sport.

The event brought together people of different age groups from about five to 75 years. More than 80 adults and children participated in football, netball and athletics events.

GNRD said the community’s participation allowed people to address health issues and learn ways of enjoying sport while avoiding exposure to narcotics and premarital sex.

James Bayanai, chairman of the Zimbabwe Youth Development Foundation Trust hailed the event a success.

The event was also a platform for cross-generational interaction as it gave young people an opportunity to team up with adults in a positive way.

Established in Norway in 2008, GNRD aims to enhance and support both human rights and development by adopting new strategies and policies for change.

The organisation aims to promote sustainable human development and help disadvantaged groups and acts as part of a wider global movement to eradicate poverty and injustice.

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