From the 23rd to the 25th of September 2016 Zimbabwe YCS National team ran a two day training session at Regina Mundi high School, in Gweru. The Training session was one of the many training sessions planned for the year 2016 to train and equip leaders and animators. Three High schools and one parish attended the training namely, the Host Regina Mundi Girls High school , Serima High School ,Loreto High School and Redcliff Parish. A total number of 60 students and 4 animators were trained over the 2 days.
The students were taken through the YCS origins, the YCS Spirituality ( The Three truths ), understanding the YCS methodology , how to run a YCS meeting (Review of life) and the YCS structure from grassroots to International level getting them to understand how their actions and contribution at local level fits into the global movement. The animators were also taken through a training toolkit which provides a series of formation and training modules that they can use to learn more about the movement and their place within it, and to come up with practical ideas for improvement.
As part of our commitment to the IYCS global campaign, Protecting our Common Home, the students were trained on the global campaign and were taken through the Papal encyclical “Laudato Si “. The session opened up the students understanding of their role in the campaign and evoked a lot of excitement amongst them to take actions starting at individual level. The students committed themselves at individual level:
- to get involved,
- to get more information,
- to reduce waste,
- reduce their carbon footprint,
- to talk about it with their friends and Family and to
- Pray about our common home.
As a group they committed to:
- Create awareness on the need to care for our common home- writing articles, creating songs and posters.
- To participate in local activities / events that are promoting climate change and all activities that promote the common home.
- Challenge leaders on issues of climate change and care for our common home.
- Paying attention to discussion / legislation that concern climate.
- Starting initiatives at school that promote the care for the common home.
- Praying for the common home.
During the training, the students had live skype calls with Richard the IYCS Secretary General and Innocent the Pan African coordinator. This really encouraged the students as it made them feel part of the global movement and as well as challenging them to take an active role in the global campaign. At the end of the training session there were elections of a regional team that will work for the next year to coordinate the work of the YCS within the region.
We Thank God for a successful completion of the training session with young people being highly motivated and filled with burning desire to transform the world through their actions.
We thank the hosting School Regina Mundi, Sister Jangara the headmistress, our animators for the continued support, the National team for organising and running the training.