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REPORT ON THE EVALUATION OF THE ENDED ZIMBABWE CATHOLIC NATIONAL YOUTH CONGRESS


VENUE: MARIST SECONDARY SCHOOL, DETE, HWANGE DIOCESE
DATE: 14TH – 17TH AUGUST 2014
THEME: “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Mt 5:3)


GENERAL COMMENTS
The Zimbabwe Catholic National Youth Congress held in our diocese at Marist Brothers Secondary School, Dete, was deemed a success. Our success as a Diocese lies in successfully hosting the national youth congress. Three thousand and fifteen (3015) officially registered youths from the eight dioceses in Zimbabwe attended the congress. Two bishops graced the event. Namely bishop Xavier Munyongani of Gweru diocese and bishop Albert J Serrano the Local Ordinary of Hwange diocese. Priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters of different congregations and orders were present too.
Congress preparations
In preparing the congress a number of factors and personnel were involved for the success of the congress. The diocese of Hwange community played an important role as Christians contributed in cash and kind towards the event. Their response was very positive and encouraging. Subcommittees were also created to assist the national youth council in preparing the congress. These committees had several meetings within the diocese to plan and act accordingly towards the event. Activities such as mock weddings, cake sales, video shows, raffle draws, sports fundraising games, and requests for donations from parishes, companies, business people and individuals were included in the preparatory stages of the congress.  
Talks
Talks were well executed, educative and spiritually oriented. However, there was not enough time for discussions on the topic because of time and the numbers of the attendants. Included in the list of topics were, the theme: “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God” (Mt 5:3),  
Program
Activities were well lined up though time management was a challenge.
Security
Security was a challenge. Even though we did not have thefts and fight, our advisors failed us on security. They enjoyed ton extent of giving way to delinquent behaviors such as alcohol consumption during the congress. Some Harare and Gweru youth took advantage and sneaked out of the venue and went into the nearby village for misbehaving. However the Zimbabwe Republic Police played its role.
Catering
We thank some volunteers for preparing and serving youths with enough food during the congress. They worked with their heart in. It was a job well done.
The diet was well balanced. All basic meals were served. Food was cooked and served in a healthy environment and all required utensils were readily available.
Challenges faced

  • Late payments for the event contributed to the delays of purchasing congress items
  • Ineffective communication between the diocese and the national youth council.
  • Poor co-ordination from the national council.
  • Unruly behavior of some youths who were caught in possession of alcohol.
  • Advisors did not execute their duties.
  • Lack of respect from some youths

Assessment
The congress was organized. However, with a few hiccups here and there. Our success lies in successfully hosting the national congress.
Conclusion
The event was a success, well attended with great support from all angles. The youths from all dioceses do not mind having the same congress next year.

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