23 May 2016
THERE are strong and widespread calls for abstinence among youths in Zimbabwe.
Masvingo Provincial education director Zediues Chitigu says no children, should indulge in sexual activities whilst still in school.
Chitigu said the sentiments at Dewure High School in Gutu where the 28th edition of the Copa Coca Cola tournament (U16 boys and U17 girls) was launched last Friday.
Copa Coca-Cola is an international youth football tournament that has more than 1 million teens in over 60 countries around the world taking part.
â€œOur youth should abstain from sex. Sex is not meant for school children but for adults. These are some of the things that have hindered progress among our school children in terms of academies and their sport education,â€ he said.
â€œFor example, teens who abstain from sex are less likely to be depressed and to attempt suicide; to experience STDs; to have children out-of-wedlock; and to live in poverty and welfare dependence as adults. The children who delay sexual activity are more likely to have stable and enduring marriages as adults.
â€œI am not only talking about sex but thing like drugs and alcohol have been damaging our youngsters. I think alcohol should not be seen anywhere close to someone who still wears a school uniform. Itâ€™s a hindrance to progress.â€
Chitugu added, â€œThe linkage between academic achievement and teen abstinence has two primary explanations. First, teens who abstain will be subject to less emotional turmoil and fewer psychological distractions; this will enable them to better focus on schoolwork.Â I am proud to announce that Masvingo have been excelling not only in sport but we were the best province in Ordinary level result in 2015.
Chitigu continued, â€œSecond, abstinence and academic achievement are promoted by common underlying character traits. Teens who abstain are likely to have greater future orientation, greater impulse control, greater perseverance, greater resistance to peer pressure, and more respect for parental and societal values.â€
Some of the High profile people that graced the occasion include the Mighty Warriors assistant coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda (Kwinji 15), Mighty Warriors striker Greater Bande, Copa legend Norman Maroto.
ZIFA were represented by vice president Omega Sibanda whilst Eddie Chivero was representing the Warriors Supporters Union.
This yearâ€™s finals will be held in Gwanda in July from July 22-24 at Pelandaba Stadium.
Dewure High School (boys) and Chidyamakono High School (girls) are the defending champions and they automatically qualify for the finals.
Group A: Dewure, Manicaland, Bulawayo
Group B: Matebeleland South, Mashonaland West, Matebeleland North
Group C: Masvingo, Midlands, Mashonaland Central
Group D: Gwanda High (host school), Mashonaland East, Harare
Group A: Masvingo, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West
Group B: Chidyamakono (2015 champions), Bulawayo, Matebeleland North
Group C: Matebeleland South, Harare and Mashonaland East
Group D: Collen Bawn (host school) Midlands and Manicaland.