One of the key objectives of SAfAIDS’ Asikhulume, Ngatitaure, Let’s Talk programme is to prepare young people for their engagement role by increasing their understanding and articulation of the basic tenets of the Constitution, particularly those relating to health, education and social services.
Ephraim Ncube, a Youth Champion, embodies the realisation of this objective as he articulates the objectives of Chapter 4 of the Zimbabwe Constitution. His passion comes through clearly as he takes his peers through the Asikhulume manual, impressing on them the importance of transparency and accountability in leadership.
Ephraim shows the Constitution of Zimbabwe with pride
To Ephraim, transparency does not begin when one assumes public office but is nurtured from a young age; he encourages young people to be exemplary in their conduct and to take guidance from others. Through training other young people on the Asikhulume manual and engaging with community leaders and CSOs, Ephraim has become confident of his rights and is now able to demand them articulately in a non-confrontational manner. His advocacy work has taught him that there is a disconnect between the constitution and the lived realities of his community, especially with regard to access to education, health and the protection of girls from child marriage. Community members are reluctant to engage with various government structures, as he does.
Ephraim proudly explains the devolution of power in that, while he may not access a minister’s office directly, he is able to interact with the district offices representing government in his community. As a proud Zimbabwean, he struggles to understand the delay in aligning the law to ensure young girls are protected from child marriage, a common practice in Hwange.