Breaking News

Zim - Canadian, community leaders ramping up outreach program

by Tsungai Chipato
07 February 2013 | 3972 Views
Alleged, Killer Mohamed Adam Bharwani 18, in court being remanded until Feb 21st for the death of Nyumwai Caroline Mkurazhizha 23.
As speculation continues to grow over the details of the Mkurazhizha murder within the Zimbabwean-Canadian community, local leaders within the community who, have been long grappling with the issue of Zimbabwean youth problems, are ramping up a discussion that has been taking place over the past year within Canada regarding Zimbabwean youth and the problems they face in Canada.

As the Zimbabwean immigrant community tries to stake a foothold within the Canadian social fabric, the children have been; at times left alone to face the uphill task of, dealing with navigating in Canada from a youth perspective by themselves with no guidance, this has led to a high rate of youth delinquency and early-age pregnancy amongst Zimbabwean second-generation children. This has also led to a continuous disconnect with, transit Zimbabweans who come over to Canada as students, with the intent of returning home.

According to Thandi Masuku; Secretary for: Today's Children Tomorrows Leader's a local Canadian-Zimbabwean not-for profit organization: "Our kids view Canadian culture very differently from the way we, as elders view it, this results in a dismissal of whatever input a Parent can give to their child, especially in terms of culture or unspoken mannerisms passed on, within our Community, to protect our Community. Lack of a cohesive Zimbabwean social fabric within Canada has resulted in our youth educating themselves on what it means to be a Zimbabwean or a Canadian;creating a lost generation".

When asked on what she thought of the current case, she said she would reserve her comments until after the trial and also for respect of the family, while they bury their child. She however stressed that a time to revive Zimbabwean values, was now needed within Canada in order to have a community strong enough to have political and economic power within Canada. She strongly felt as if the first generation of Zimbabwean immigrants, had failed the preceding generations by lacking the will or fortitude to lead and guide.

Today's Children Tomorrow's Leader's has begun seeking funding from both public and private donors, in order to hire teachers who can teach Ndebele and Shona to children. Coalitions across Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal are being sought, so as to begin a process of wielding some sort of political force to help the Zimbabwean Community, have leverage when dealing with the Canadian- Government.

Murders' within the Zimbabwean Community such as that of Nyumwai Mkurazhizha always hit home within Canada, due to the fact that; the community is currently disenfranchised compared to other ethnic groups. The current lack of Zimbabwean associations or absence of a distinct neighbourhood to which Zimbabweans are unique, is beginning to be viewed as being a bad philosophy.

"How can I think of Zimbabweans when I don't live with Zimbabweans or care for Zimbabweans" this was a comment made by a Zimbabwean businessman who was highlighting the problems he was facing breaking the "glass ceiling" in Canada due to an absence of a distinct Zimbabwean-Community. "Unless we get our children or ourselves in the backrooms of power in Canada, Zimbabweans will continue being marginalized in Canada when it comes to our voices being heard, and our foreign students from Zimbabwe will continue having no support system for themselves or their families at home".

As the growing awareness begins in the Zimbabwe community; leaders, elders and activists within Canada are beginning to communicate on means to strengthen Zimbabwean bonds within Canada. The realization, that one of the disadvantages of multiculturalism is that it erodes the heritage and values of ethnicities that do not actively educate their young, has resulted in a hope of creating a Zimbabwean umbrella organisation within Canada by the end of this year.

Some of the issues being mentioned include, funding from the Canadian Government to have Shona/Ndebele literature and textbooks in schools and libraries, Shona and Ndebele resource data being placed in areas where newcomers to Canada from Zimbabwe can get access to them, a private Zimbabwean school being setup within Canada, amongst many other ideas. All Zimbabweans interested in contributing are welcome and a website with contact details is said to be on the way.




As our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mkurazhizha family, the leaders are now determined to define a community where future students and Zimbabwean-Canadians can call a home away from home. More news and discussions will be available around the time of the court hearing.

--------------
Tsungai Chipato is a blogger and journalist who can be contacted at mugaradzakasungwa@gmail.com

Canadian Outreach program


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: Tsungai Chipato

Could there be war if Grace Mugabe becomes President?

Yes
74.45%
No
9.09%
Who cares?
16.46%
638

Comments

Latest Classifieds (Click Here For More)

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Woman lashes at magistrate over maintenance - A BULAWAYO provincial m...

by Lethokuhle Moyo | 01 November 2014 | 9 Views

Sugar mummy infects Ben10 with HIV - ONE of the boys who teamed up wit...

by Leonard Ncube | 01 November 2014 | 110 Views

Prostitute jailed for false rape report - A GWANDA prostitute will spe...

by Marvelous Moyo | 01 November 2014 | 74 Views

Policeman assaults noisemakers - A POLICE officer based at Luveve Poli...

by Plaxcedes Hove | 01 November 2014 | 86 Views

Macheso, hubby officially separate - SHARON Macheso and her husband Ku...

by Lovemore Meya | 01 November 2014 | 164 Views

Granny granted maintenance - AN abusive 68-year-old Entumbane man was ...

by Lethokuhle Moyo | 01 November 2014 | 97 Views

Police raid squatter camp, 40 arrested - POLICE raided Killarney squat...

by Loveness Bepete | 01 November 2014 | 102 Views

Mugabe speech after Politburo - Audio - ...

by Staff reporter | 01 November 2014 | 202 Views

Mujuru on the ropes - Vice President Joice Mujuru's camp was left on t...

by Felex Share and Lloyd Gumbo | 01 November 2014 | 232 Views

Steward Bank lose $300,000 to robbers - STEWARD Bank formerly TN has l...

by Munyaradzi Musiiwa | 01 November 2014 | 202 Views

Tsvangirai confirms working with some in Zanu-PF - MDC-T leader Mr Mor...

by Staff reporter | 01 November 2014 | 355 Views

Tsvangirai defends his call for protests against Mugabe - MDC-T leader...

by Staff reporter | 01 November 2014 | 194 Views

Mujuru's lawyer under probe - The Law Society of Zimbabwe will launch ...

by Staff reporter | 01 November 2014 | 225 Views

Dr Zobha escapes jail by whisker over maintenance - Veteran radio and ...

by Tendai Rupapa | 01 November 2014 | 315 Views

Jabulani Sibanda booted out - Elders of the Zimbabwe National Liberati...

by Lloyd Gumbo and Susan Nyabunze | 01 November 2014 | 603 Views

Mugabe wants to quit says Zambia's new president

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 9713 Views

Pastor caught engaging bonking policeman's wife in a car - A married M...

by Staff reporter | 01 November 2014 | 8086 Views

Reasons why Grace Mugabe attacked Joice Mujuru - Ongoing attempts to e...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 8090 Views

Mujuru camp hits back - The Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publ...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 7588 Views

Thomas Mapfumo not dead - The social media was abuzz on Friday with ...

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 5585 Views

Jabulani Sibanda's bedroom coup jab at Mugabe haunts him - The founder...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3092 Views

Sibanda bedroom coup jab at Mugabe was more potent than Ali's left hoo...

by Wilbert Mukori | 31 October 2014 | 5192 Views

Rude awakening for judge aspirant - A former High Court Registrar and ...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3199 Views

Mugabe and friends need to know we will change history narrative - Th...

by Shingai Mugochi | 31 October 2014 | 3741 Views

Gideon Gono to takeover re-branded Zanu-PF?

by Nancy Mabaya | 31 October 2014 | 5666 Views

Inside Mugabe's sealed succession envelope: Fear, self assassinations ...

by Dinizulu Mbikokayise Macaphulana | 01 November 2014 | 5761 Views

When even the gullible can no longer be fooled - The west has once mor...

by Tafara Shumba | 31 October 2014 | 1362 Views

Tsvangirai's wife refuses to be called Dr Macheka - Morgan Tsvangirai'...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 7717 Views

Entertainment

Our hands are clean, says DJ Munya

by Court reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2707 Views

Oliver Mtukudzi to get 'real' PhD - ICONIC musician Oliver Mtukudzi is...

by Staff reporte | 30 October 2014 | 3209 Views

Zimbabwe's JJ survives Big Brother Africa eviction... again - Zimbabw...

by Staff reporter | 27 October 2014 | 2241 Views

Carl Joshua Ncube to star in game show - Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube wi...

by Staff reporter | 23 October 2014 | 1648 Views

LadyBee Anondida - Official video

by Staff Reporter | 23 October 2014 | 4377 Views

Zim representative in the Big Brother Africa survives eviction - Zimba...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3623 Views
iBlog

Protect Your Greatest Small Business Asset: Time

if your work week is way more than 40 hours, your smartphone is glued to your hand, and your to-do list is multiple pages of overdue tasks—you know how valuable every minute of your time is.your smartphone and tablet make doing business from anyw... Read More
Sergey 05 September 2014 ago

Four In 10 Americans Face Regular Online Fraud Attacks

Microsoft offers four primary tips to help protect users from identity theft:• be selfish and defensive with personal information by not sharing sensitive details in emails, and instant and text messages• create, use and keep secret so-called “... Read More
SecNews 24 October 2014 ago