First Lady launches ‘Nhanga, Gota concept

Tawanda Homba

ZAKA– Traditional leaders and villagers in Zaka have welcomed the introduction of Nhanga and Gota concept by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, as she spearheads efforts to fight teenage pregnancies, immorality, drug abuse and disrespectfulness, among other vices which are now generally associated with today’s youths.

The First Lady said this is a bid to return to the traditional way of life which seeks to build mechanisms to foster morality among the youths as they are tomorrow’s leaders.

“We have come here to teach you about morality and values according to the traditional way of growing up. We want you to be exemplary in society and become good ambassadors of the youths as you are very important,” said the First Lady.

Under the theme “Dzidziso yaAmai muNhanga/Gota yevachirikuyaruka”, the concept urges elders to play their traditional roles of imparting wisdom to the youths, while also teaching them the dos and don’ts expected of them.

During the captivating introductory session held at Chief Nhema , born  Ranganai Bwawanda’s homestead in Zaka on Saturday last week, the First Lady was assisted by Gogo Fadzai Bwawanda who is mother  to Chief Nhema and the chief’s wife — Portia Nhema, Chief Mazungunye of Bikita’s wife Chiyedza Maipisi, Chief Ndanga of Zaka’s wife Patricia Makono and Chief Bere of Masvingo’s wife Susan Bere.

All Covid-19 prevention measures were observed at the interactive session including rapid testing of all guests.

Teachings in the Gota with the boys were done by chiefs and Masvingo provincial Minister of State and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira.

In the Nhanga, the First Lady appointed girls who were present as ambassadors of the programme and gave them the platform to educate their peers in their respective communities and schools. In due course the ambassadors will invite First Lady after setting up learning groups to assess progress on the program.

The children were drawn from all the seven districts across Masvingo Province.

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