Zimbabwe: Inauguration of Youth and Student for Peace

Prepared by YSP Zimbabwe

IAYSP Zimbabwe held inauguration ceremony at Allan Wilson High School on 15th of February 2020. The attendance at the inauguration was composed of government ministries, civil society, politician, religious leaders, local authorities and students. 900 students from 25 high schools participated, 43 high school teachers, 42 religious leaders, 3 representatives from the ministry of primary and secondary education, 3 representatives from ZUNA (Zimbabwe United Nations Association) gathered at the inauguration. The theme of the inauguration was “Be ambitious centering on True Love”. Each participant got an opportunity to create the platform of the youth movement.

Kenta Kishi, Secretary General of YSP-Zimbabwe explained the vision and activities of IAYSP. He proposed to create character education council to work on promoting character education in local level together with the school teachers. Callisto Mushati, President of YSP- Zimbabwe mentioned the importance of youth education. He said youth education is the key agent to build the future of Zimbabwe.

A lot of students were excited to join IAYSP education programs. Keynote address was given by Dr. Susan Sibanda, Secretary of Ministry of Education. She appreciated IAYSP’s vision and dedications and told all the participants to join in YSP. She was inspired especially by the service projects IAYSP promotes.

Mr. Koji Matsuda, President of IASYP International, gave the inaugural speech. He introduced YSP activities in other countries and emphasized the importance of filial piety for the internal development. Following his speech, all the teachers and religious leaders signed on the resolution of YSP launching and everyone determined to cooperate on youth education to solve the serious social problems rooted in the immorality of youth and breakdown of the family.

We also had special performance of S!NERGY and dance team. The atmosphere was extremely excited with young passion. Finally, Mrs. Muchinapo, President of ZUNA gave closing remarks with expressing gratitude of this event.

530 students and teachers, religious leaders submitted the membership applications. We are going to register YSP to the government and create the character education council with the teachers and spread character education on national level.

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