The Sport and Recreation Commission on Tuesday held a one-day workshop on the role of sport in promoting development under the auspices of the Youth EducationÂ through Sports (YES) initiative designed to bring together sport administrators and NGOs involved in sport development initiatives from all the countryâ€™s provinces.
The Youth Education through Sport (Yes) programme was developed to bring the youth together through sport to address life skills and educate them on HIV and AIDS related issues.
Â Its main objectives are to encourage youths to be actively involved in sport, to encourage them to have a positive attitude towards HIV and AIDS, to train them to become peer educators and to encourage the youths to act as positive role models within the community.
Director Development in the Sport and Recreation Commission, Martin Dururu says the SRC has embarked on an ambitious programme aimed at developing sport among the youths, in areas bordering the countryâ€™s cities through several initiatives aimed at promoting and developing youths who are responsible and aware of their surroundings.
â€œThe YES initiative also aims to encourage youths to take responsibility for their communities through participation in community development projects, as well as to encourage the youths to teach and practice the principles of fair play,â€ said Dururu.
This year, Gwanda will host the Youth Education through Sports tournament to be held between the 2nd and the 5th of December.
The YES programme was launched in 1999 in Bulawayo.
Since its inception it has spearheaded public acceptance of sport among women, and has also played a role in development programmes that are meant to nurture and develop talent throughout the country.
To ensure sustainability the SRC involved different stakeholder groups such as the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts andÂ Culture, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, National Aids Co-ordination Programme (NACP),different Sports Associations, Girl Child Network.
Other international stakeholders include the Norwegian International Federation, UNICEF, Scripture Union, Canadian Sports International, the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe Football Association.Â
The SRC has since established regional managers throughout the country to help promote the YES programme.