Ephraim Ncube (pictured) is a youth advocate who has been empowered through the Asikhulume/ Ngatitaure/ Let’s Talk programme. He shares how his life has been transformed.
“Previously, strolling the streets, involvement in political campaigns and abusing drugs was the story of my life. I did not see myself making any difference in my community. The Asikhulume programme made me realise my self-worth and that although I regarded myself as a nonentity, I had the power to impact my village, district – and the nation at large – by contributing to policymaking initiatives. This programme has empowered me as a young person and provided me with knowledge on the Constitution of Zimbabwe, particularly Chapter 2 paragraph II, which covers the declaration of human rights and freedom.
Besides understanding the Constitution, the programme has created a platform where young people, whatever their social standing, can request issues affecting all facets of their lives to be addressed. We are all regarded as equal and accorded the same treatment. Where we had no hope, we now have hope. In future, our community will enjoy the fruits of this empowerment as we are now determined to make a difference. We now realise that change begins with us, and we are determined to see our lives improve.
As an individual, I can attest that knowledge is power and education is the best weapon to facilitate change in the village, wards, districts, the nation and even worldwide. As a youth advocate, it is my role to make this a reality.”