Building Community Future Scenarios Training
ZYCALA’s launch involved approximately 200 local youth leaders across the districts of Chitambo, Serenje and Mkushi. They were offered development support to identify the potential within the dynamic and complex community environment where they live, learn and work. Rural youth, particularly young women, explored, through a series of participatory processes, issues as diverse as scenario planning, collaborative communication, democratic decision making and circular leadership development.
After the creation of smaller learning communities in geographic proximity, a series of mapping exercises supported the identification of:
- what they currently grow
- what they currently eat
- what they would like to eat, that they can grow
- what they could grow, that has a market
This generated crop growing plans for the first rainy season of the project in accordance with the bio-cultural uniqueness of each community.
ZYCALA youth, during the first activity of the project, recognised the immense power for social change that lies in building community and joined circles of dialogue where all voices were heard, diverse perspectives were welcomed and the future they want to create was articulated.