Catholic students ignite Gweru during Easter

 

By Ellen Bvirakare and Fungayi Sox

More than five hundred students gathered at Regina Mundi High in Gweru to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ last week from the 29th of March to 2 April 2018. 

The traditional annual Easter Conference has become a hub of faith and integral development formation for Catholic student coming from all country’s higher and tertiary institutions. 

NMCS, which strives to Unite students through Christ is well represented and established in universities, polytechnics, teachers’ colleges and other vocational training institutions where various Catholic faith programmes are regularly conducted. 

The conference ran under the theme “embracing the role of young people through peace participation and progressive relationships”. The theme focused on youth participation which is in line with the encouragement by Pope Francis in which he appeals to young people to be active in the church if they dream about the future. 

The conference followed the Easter liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday. 

In line with Zimbabwe’s current plans to hold harmonised elections and at the encouragement of the Catholic Bishops through the pastoral letter Elections, PEACE AND Development, the students had a interactive dialogue on young people’s role in transforming the society. 

The dialogue, one among others was facilitated by the Deputy Director of Voter Education at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Mr Taurayi Gavi, Mr Itai Usaihwevhu from Youth Empoerwment Transformation Trust and Ms Achievement Dhlakama from UNCHR. 

 ‘It is imperative that young people vote because you get to decide what you like and don’t like and let your voices be heard’,said  Mr Gavi .

Catholic students under NMCS also launched a road safety campaign in Partnership with the Traffic safety council of Zimbabwe in Gweru Central Business District.The Road Traffic Safety Campaign was held under the theme “Beyond the Driver,Catholic Students join the fight against road deaths”.They urged motorists not  to travel during the night so as to minimize road traffic accidents.

The Easter conference was also characterized by a wide variety of activities that included sports day ,choir competitions and culture night to celebrate different cultural diversities. Bulawayo region emerged as the victor in the choir competitions with midlands regions in first position in the sporting activities .

NMCS President Mr Patrick Gutu  from Masvingo region, outlined  the importance of having these gatherings for Catholic students, stating that it was now a time for students to establish relationships and most importantly build each other. He added that he was also looking forward to having  such a great number of people at the August conference in Harare.

The conference was also attended by visiting priest from Botswana, Fr Joachim Trim SVD, NMCS National Chaplain Fr Tinashe Mhaka SJ, Regional Chaplain for Bulawayo Fr. Kamil Ko?an SVD, several patrons and representative of the Zambian National Movement of Catholic Students Mr Mark Mukenge. 

 

Founded in August 1990-the National Movement of Catholic Students endeavours to build students in leadership guided by the Catholic Social Teachings and to seek societal transformation by exercising moral pressure in a peaceful but effective way.

 
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