Uniting Students Through Chist!

The National Movement of Catholic Students Zimbabwe brings together tertiary students across the country and offers them opportunites to identify and defend their rights as well as uphold peace and justice in their communities through their faith

NMCS is a Formation Seedbed of Catholic Faith and provider of Integral Development of Tertiary Students in Zimbabwe. NMCS 2020 – 2021 Strategic Plan provides us with four key Thematic Areas to best achieve our Vision and these are:

Activities

NMCS Zimbabwe operates in society in which we need to interact with people and government bodies. To engage our members on Civic Participation and National Dialogues we have;

History

The National Movement of Catholic Students Zimbabwe brings together tertiary students across the country and offers them opportunites to identify and defend their rights as well as uphold peace and justice in their communities through their faith

The Story

The origins of the National Movement of Catholic Students can be traced back to the August Heroes Holiday in 1990, when 72 students from 12 tertiary colleges gathered at St Ignatius College for the first Catholic Students Assembly.

This became an annual event until, in 1993, 118 students from 17 colleges resolved that:

A National Catholic Tertiary Students Movement should be formed so that we can speak with a loud united voice. The steering committee for this Assembly can work on forming the Movement.”

That steering committee was made up of Alex Mthobi, Natasha Mhike, Philip Marufu and Priscilla Nhando. In December that year a second national conference was held at Regina Mundi school, Gweru.

The following year’s Assembly in August 1994, attended by representatives of 22 colleges, formally created NMCS by adopting it’s new Constitution. It was never the intention to form a new organization in individual colleges, but simply to have a movement which could bring Catholic students together occasionally for conferences, and to facilitate contact and coordination between Catholics in individual colleges. Thus, the membership of NMCS was defined as “… all Catholic students at all tertiary institutions in the country. By becoming a member of the Catholic Society at any given college, one automatically becomes a member of the Movement.”

The same Assembly also resolved that future national meetings should rotate around the Provinces, and suggested that students in nearby colleges should organize their own regional meetings. From then on, the students organized regional meetings for the colleges in and around Bulawayo, Harare, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare.

At the December conference there was a lot of discussion about how to ensure proper representation of all Provinces on the National Executive. Then at the 1995 Assembly in Bulawayo, the Constitution was amended to ensure that each region is represented in the National Executive. The 1999 Assembly amended the Constitution further to establish elected Regional Executives.

In 1996 there was a lot of discussion concerning the threat to the independence of the Movement where the current President was also in his college SRC. The following year the Constitution was amended to say: “The President shall not hold any office in other organizations with aims and objectives which clash with those of the Movement. Prior to being elected, Presidential candidates shall declare their interests in other organizations.”

After holding December conferences for 4 years, it was decided to move these to Easter. December was proving not to be very convenient, with many students going to their rural homes at that time of year. The Easter conferences immediately proved a great success; the students appreciated organizing and taking a full part in their own Thursday, Friday and Saturday Easter liturgies.

The normal pattern for the August Assemblies and December/Easter Conferences was to have 3 presentations or discussions. One on a religious or spiritual theme, another on a social / economic / political theme, then there would be a presentation by a married couple talking about their experiences in their relationship.

During the 1993 conference on the theme of human rights, the students marched into Gweru city centre calling for the abolition of the death penalty, and were addressed by the Mayor. During the 1999 conference, the students marched through Sakubva, Mutare, calling for an end to child abuse, and presented a petition to a ZRP representative. From 1995 each conference also included an afternoon of community service.

The same pattern of an Easter Conference and August Assembly has continued now for 30 years. This is a great achievement for a student organization, and credit for this goes to the students themselves who have maintained stability, continuity and dedication. Many of the former students who attended those early conferences are now in very influential positions, and continuing to work to further the Kingdom of God and the development of Zimbabwe.

 

NMCS Regions

Harare Province

Harare Region boasts as the leaning Region with the most tertiary institutions which are:

University of Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Harare Institute of Technology, Harare Polytechnic, Seke Teachers College, Morgen Zintec Teachers, Kushinga Phikelela Technical College, Gwebi College, Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Arrupe Jesuit University, Chishawasha Seminary

The current Regional Chaplain for Harare Region is Fr. Gilbert Banda

Bulawayo Province

Bulawayo Region represents the City of Kings and the Presidents who have come from Bulawayo show the true nature of Kings for sure. The institutions under Bulawayo Region are: National University of Science and Technology, Lupane University, Bulawayo Polytechnic, Bulawayo Teachers College, Catholic University of Zimbabwe

The current Regional Chaplain for Bulawayo Region is: Fr. Kamil

Masvingo Province

Masvingo is affectionately known for its magnanimous Great Zimbabwe and the Region is actually the central point in the country and a fortress. Masvingo has these institutions: – Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo Polytechnic, Bondolfi Teachers College, Masvingo Teachers College,

Mutare Province

Is there another place that has mountains, mist, falls and beauty in one place tied down by a marvelous weather pattern – it can only be Mutare Region. The institutions that Mutare has are: – Mutare Teachers College, Mutare Polytechnic, Catholic University

Midlands Province

The National Movement of Catholic Students Zimbabwe brings together tertiary students across the country and offers them opportunites to identify and defend their rights as well as uphold peace and justice in their communities through their faith

IMCS

National Movement of Catholic Students is not an isolated Movement. NMCS feeds into the Southern African Sub Regional Group that has an executive branch based in Malawi.

The Sub Regional Group feeds into the Regional Office with an executive based in Kenya that oversees all Catholic national movements in Africa. Visit IMCS Pan African Group

The Regional Office in Kenya like all continental regional offices reports to the International Movement of Catholic Students office in Paris, France.

 

 

National Conference Themes

Easter
1990
Working for a Just Society

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Easter
1991
Role ol Tertiary Students in Church and Society

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Easter
1992
Prophetic role of Professionals in Society
Easter
1993
Action for Justice – an integral part of the Gospel Human Rights
Easter
1994
Students for Evangelisation
August
1994
The Family
Easter
1995
Our Struggle for Faith & Morality
August
1995
Respecting Human Dignity & Chastity
Easter
1996
The Living Word for a Dying World
August
1996
Today’s Choice – Tomorrow’s Outcome
Easter
1997
Togetherness, Strength, Wisdom through Christ
Easter
1998
Christ’s Risen Life – Our Life
August
1998
The Holy Spirit with Us for Us
Easter
1999
Quest for Life with Dignity
August
1999
New World Order – Globalisation
Easter
2000
Peace in Africa – Break the Poverty Cycle
August
2000
Conflict Resolution & Disaster Management
Easter
2001
Destination Zimbabwe – Road to Recovery
August
2001
Tolerance & Awareness to Zimbabwean Realities
Easter
2002
Salted & Aglow – Where do we go?
Easter
2003
True faith acts: Option for the marginalized
Easter
2004
To whom shall we go in search of orientation?
Easter
2005
Eucharist: source of my life and my strength
Easter
2006
Lord are you sleeping? Faith challenged by contemporary Zimbabwe
Easter
2011
Engaging students towards a prophetic leadership
Easter
2012
Hope After the Storm
Easter
2014
Africa’s Commitment: Faith doing justice
Easter
2015
Look at the past with Gratitude, Live the present with Passion and Embrace the future with Hope
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