ECLF conducts peace building campaign in Bikita


BIKITA- Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (ECLF) has conducted a three-day peace building workshop at Chirumba High School and Permaculture Centre from December 7 to 9 with the aim of encouraging villagers to work together for the development of their communities.

The workshop which ran under the theme ‘multi-stakeholder sensitization and engagement sessions on Covid-19 awareness, national healing and reconciliation’ was attended by 36 village representatives drawn from Bikita South and East constituencies.

ECLF gender officer, Pamhidzai Thaka, took the villagers through the sessions where he encouraged them to work together regardless of their political differences avoid conflicts during the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

“The main thrust is to build and strengthen community’s capacity to solve their developmental problems by changing their mindset to be development oriented. Stakeholders are encouraged to embrace togetherness for the development of their communities. We are encouraging them not to focus on political affiliation but to focus on development and set aside politics,” said Thaka.

The workshop was sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

ECLF has held other workshops in Zaka, Nemamwa and Chivi where they have helped communities to work together and assisted them in conflict management with a thrust on development. They have also been helping villagers to tackle the Covid-19 related family disputes which were caused by living together under one roof as a measure to reduce the spread of the pandemic something which was new.

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