Over 70 student leaders from Makomo Primary school were empowered with simplified and contextualized principles of leadership at a training held by Integral Youth Development on Tuesday.

The training held at St Peters Kubatana aimed at equipping the children with leadership knowledge and skills.

Life skills such as effective communication and assertiveness highlighted the sessions whose participants included school prefects.

Over the years, the institute has empowered hundreds of young people from various educational institutions including Donnybrook and Batanai Primary Schools.

Speaking after the training, IYD Coordinator Mr Time Baluwa said IYD as an institution recognizes the need for the country to have informed and responsive leaders who are conscious of their social responsibility.

“We desire to have a generation of young people who are willing to be of service to others and the environment,” Mr Baluwa added.

Integral Youth Development is a project of the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe and Mozambique which focuses on youth formation and targets critical areas of human development.

It has also spearheaded the Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Civic Education programs for the youths and believes in the notion that social and economic transformation will only happen when people adopt positive values as leaders.