Sitezi Reflection Training Centre

Sitezi, Gwanda: Enqameni Youth Reflection Centre

Enqameni Youth Reflection Centre was established in the year 2017, following a request
from Chief K Mathema of Gwanda North, that there be a youth centre where young people
can learn life skills, particularly school dropouts, women and young mothers. Chief
Mathema was impressed by the success of the Enyandeni Skills Training Centre, and
requested Ukuthula Trust and Masakhaneni Projects Trust to facilitate the creation of a
similar centre in Sitezi.

Local leadership, the Ministry of Lands and district authorities worked with the Chief and
the two organisations to identify a suitable site for the youth centre. The Swedish
International Development Agency (SIDA) provided initial resources and construction began
in 2018. The centre was officially launched by the Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her
Excellency Ms. Sofia Calltorp on the 7th of May 2019.

Ambassador Calltorp with centre elders
Ambassador Calltorp with Sitezi community
Ambassador Calltorp with directors of Ukuthula and Masakhaneni

Skills Training

Activities conducted at the centre mainly focus on economic empowerment for the women
and youth. Skills training in computers, sewing and brick laying are aimed at equipping
women and the youth with ways to improve their livelihoods and standards of living. So far
about 100 women and the youth have graduated from the centre and obtained certificates
of competence in computer literacy, sewing and brick laying. It is hoped that more courses
such as food preparation, welding and braiding will be introduced soon.