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The Zimbabwe United Nations Association Youth Wing has launched university chapters at Lupane State University as well as the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.

The universities chapter launch was a young people’s initiative which seeks to engage the youths in topical issues such as the Millennium Development Goals. The theme of the launch will be centred on the transition of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs). Forty students per university were fully engaged in this process, playing a leading role in the discussions and dissemination of information to the relevant disaantaged people in society. ZUNA Youth president Macleo Mapfumo said the youth wing’s main thrust is on young people knowing their rights so they will not be sidelined or abused.

“We have engaged university students because they are doing their last laps into life and it’s devastating some of them do not even know their rights. You cannot aocate for your rights if you do not even know them hence we were having this chapter launch orientation. This will not only be about rights but will stretch to capacity building programmes, where young people will present their ideas openly,” he said.

Zimbabwe United Nations Association has initiated an information dissemination system at universities and colleges within Zimbabwe. These include Solusi University, Bindura University of Science Education, Midlands State University, Lupane State University, University of Zimbabwe and National University of Science and Technology.

The launching of these university chapters is a new project that ZUNA has decided to undertake. The chapters will mainly focus on the Transition of MDGs to SDGs. They will focus on young people’s involvement. The young people are to be used as a channel of information dissemination to the surrounding communities of these universities. The young people’s contribution on the transition of MDGs to SDGs will be presented on August 29 -30 at the DPI Conference at the UN headquarters in New York. ZUNA is concentrating on universities instead of other clusters in society, as they will be actively involved with community leaders surrounding the universities which will ensure that information is broadly disseminated.

The audience was in agreement that MDGs should be designed more for developing countries independent of developed countries. This will ensure that the MDGs are achieved.

Also, some teachers affiliated to ZUNA were of the view that the issue of MDGs should be acted out as plays and should be turned into song by school children as their voices are heard by many.

Source : The Herald

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