National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director Mr Nicholas Moyo, says young people need to play a big role in the protection and mitigation initiatives against the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.

Speaking at NACZ head office in Harare while receiving a donation of 50 litres of sanitizer donated to the Council by House of Arts Association, Mr Moyo said youth initiatives at raising awareness using the Arts had become very pertinent especially on Social Media.

“The use of skits and jingles, that young people are producing has become an important tool for raising awareness on COVID 19 as many people rely on Social Media for information. These skits bring encouragement and hope to the people that we can win this fight against COVID-19”. Mr Moyo said.

House of Arts Association is a youth-led arts organisation which was formed in 2015 in Hatcliffe Harare to promote arts activities and at the same time using art as a tool for development.

The Executive Chairperson of the Association Mr Casper Chigama said they had decided to donate the sanitizer for NACZ to use at its offices nationwide so that artists would be sanitized as they visited the Council since the lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We have been distributing COVID-19 prevention materials like masks and sanitizers in our community and we have been having awareness campaigns, so we thought we could also assist our sector by providing sanitizers to NACZ so they could be able to accept clients who seek their services during this lockdown period”. He said.

The association comprises of youth members who have been active on social media and in the community sending out COVID-19 prevention messages with the support of Dream Town a Danish organisation that works to cultivate the wellbeing of young people.