Youth trained on peace building and conflict management

Participants at the peace building workshop

By Helliet Nyamunda

Unit L, Seke– Youth from Chitungwiza and Manyame rural district were last Friday trained on peace building, conflict management and transformation by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) at Young Africa Skills Centre (YASC).

The meeting was organized by Chitungwiza and Manyame Residents Trust (CAMERA) after the resurgence of political violence in Unit L and M over the last 2 weeks between supporters of ZANU PF and MDC-T.

Shadreck Vengesai the facilitator of the workshop said, “the main agenda is to train Chitungwiza youth on what is conflict, ways to deal with conflict, what causes conflict, as well on the positive and negative effects of conflict view to promote political tolerance and co-existence by young people”.

CCMT intends to run a peace building project from November this year up to July next year with the same youth it started the training with, and as they progress they will add more youth from all corners of Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural district.

The project is targeting youth because they are the majority; they are victims and perpetrators of political violence in communities.

As according to research by CCMT, over 76% Chitungwiza youth have weak or no knowledge of peace building as they feel they neglected and are ignorant.

The training motivated team work, communication, patience, planning, strategy, perseverance and coordination as tools to peace building.