Alcohol, drug abuse hindrance to youth development

Sports Writer

Youths in Mazowe constituency have singled out alcohol and drug abuse, lack of recreational and sports
facilities, unemployment and a lack of resources as they key hindrances to their development.

The young people said if accorded equal opportunities and platforms, they would be able to soar out of
the miserable positions they find themselves in, and possibly help themselves and their communities
through sports.

The youths were speaking during a workshop on Integrated Physical Education Sports programme, one
of the many which are ongoing in schools in selected constituencies.

It is a major attempt to improve the health of children, both physically and psychologically and aims to
reactivate physical education in an integrated fashion, and is also designed to benefit and develop out-
of-school youths.

Tafadzwa Wengeni, said during the piloting phase, they want to determine whether there is interest and
willingness to participate amongst the targeted groups because the programme intends to impact many
young people in the selected constituencies.

Wengeni thus urged the participating groups to come up with community service initiatives which will
positively address the identified challenges in the constituency.

He went on to remind the participants to embrace the opportunity and strive to make a difference in
their villages as community governance contributes highly to human growth and development.

He also encouraged the young people to develop initiatives around eco-cultural tourism for their benefit
and that of the constituency at large.

Wengeni further urged the participants to sustainably use what is available to them, and called for unity
of purpose to ensure that they achieve their common goals, which would eventually contribute to
regional development.

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