By Lubalethu Ndlovu
The Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) has partnered with Active Youth Zimbabwe (AYZ) to educate young people in Bulawayo on the importance of human rights.
The programme targeted young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years.
AYZ founder and director Romeo Matshazi said the program is a new initiative and they intend to engage schools, communities, and churches.
“All human beings are born with dignity and respect, this should be preserved to bring human rights to life,” said Matshazi.
One of the program’s vision is to promote an active, educated, morally upright and drug-free Zimbabwean youth that understands, respects and upholds their rights.
Matshazi added that AYZ managed to acquire a piece of land in Pumula South where they will set up a drug rehabilitation centre.
“The rehabilitation centre is where all our programmes will be coordinated once it is up and running,” he said.
Since its establishment in 2012, AYZ has managed to conduct more than thirty drug abuse campaigns, three children’s rights and gender workshops, more than 25 workshops on drug and substance abuse and three teachers training program on drug and substance abuse programs in two districts of Bulawayo.
The AYZ also works in partnership with other development agencies with similar aspirations both locally and internationally and among these are the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Youth, Christian AIDS Taskforce, National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo City Council and Child Line.