Theme: Consolidating cultural identity diversity and heritage
Location: Mapembe ward 34: Mutare Rural
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe attended a cultural event were Government ministries, traditional leaders, NGO’s, churches, schools and community members came in great numbers. The event was hosted by Chief/Mambo Marange who strongly encouraged his community members to uphold their cultural values and norms. He went on to advice against issues of divorce encouraging churches to teach youth.
The MP’s representatives encouraged parents to process birth certificates for their children. It is a matter of concern how community members have limited opportunities due to not possessing important documents. Youths were encouraged to seek opportunities for them to be productive and see their councillors for any help they might need.
Various churches such as Zviratidzo, Zion, ZCC, attended and entertained those who attended with singing, dancing, and playing of drums. Devotion was shared on the topic of kusikwa kwevanhu vekutanga accompanied with these scriptures, Genesis 2:7, Deutronomy 32:6, and Psalms 27:3.
Non-Government Organisation got the opportunity to showcase their activities and inform the audience about the work they do. They displayed posters and banners at the venue for visibility and upholding of the diversity theme.
Guests were treated to a traditional dance performed by St Francis primary school. The dance was called Chimaisiri dance combined with Jerusalem dance which was adopted from Murehwa, Katsava or Jiti. A poem was done based on the title Dzidzo by a student at St Francis bringing out the importance of education. More poems were performed by the students which comprised of Empowerment of a girl child.