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Blue Cross to impart life skills to youths

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Blue Cross Zimbabwe (BCZ), a non-governmental organisation that nurtures talent among youths, will today host a life skills training workshop in Harare aimed at addressing social ills confronting the youths.

BY Kennedy Nyavaya

The workshop will among other things seek to boost self-esteem in youths.

The open-to-all event will run under the theme It Begins with Youths.

In an interview with NewsDay this week, BCZ founder, Pumuzile Mguni, who is a life coach by profession, said the workshop would counter negative behaviour and perceptions, as well as proffer alternative solutions to social problems confronting modern youths.

“Our aim is to build leaders. We believe that anyone is a leader in one way or another although we are paying special attention to the youths whom we are saying are the leaders for today not tomorrow,” said Mguni, who will also be main facilitator at the workshop.

Mguni said experts roped in for the programme included the likes of Lucia Gunguwo, popularly known as Mai Gunguwo, Tungamirai Zimonte and Morathi Howie, who were experts in issues of dealing with addictions and imparting knowledge of how youths can become better citizens.

The Baseline Survey on Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse in Zimbabwe established that 65% of Zimbabwean youth currently are addicts and users of harmful drugs. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs is said to have serious effects on the physical and emotional health of Zimbabweans and is contributing to high rates of unemployment, poverty and violence among other social problems.

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