Global initiative benefits Highfields

The local football fraternity recently endorsed the international sporting initiative that that promotes sport and healthy lifestyles among youngsters in the world’s most remote areas.

The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), which began in Chirumanzu last month, was recently launched under the auspices of the I Have a Right To Play – in Highfields, one of the oldest suburbs in Harare. The Zimbabwean theme for the match was, We Play for Our Values.

Most of the children that participated in the event were the less-privileged, whose families survive far below the poverty datum line. The event started with a procession in the streets as participating children paraded themselves to the community as a way of appreciating the role of GNRD for bringing this event to Zimbabwe.

Officials from the Zimbabwe Youth Development Foundation Trust, a local GNRD partnering organisation, said local football leaders and players embraced the event.

“Dignitaries from the Zimbabwe national football fraternity as well as other players from the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League such as Tino Kadewere who plays for the Premier League club Harare City joined the children in the procession,” executive director, James Bayanai Kaki, said.

All the participating teams were given medals and football kit for their participation. The winning team was given a trophy and the man of match was given football boots.

“After the event, the children and the community thanked GNRD for this great initiative and it was a great occasion for everyone,” Khaki added. GNRD has in recent weeks committed to the empowerment of local youngsters through sport. Last month, it launched a similar initiative in Mvuma.

Established in Norway in 2008, GNRD aims to enhance and support both human rights and development by adopting new strategies and policies for change. It promotes human development and helps disadvantaged groups and acts as part of a wider global movement to eradicate poverty and injustice.

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