The British Council in Zimbabwe intends to develop arts and education initiatives, primarily targeting youths living in large urban areas, based on their needs and desires and, in doing so, encourage urban youths to use creative arts and education to express the challenges they are facing, as well as their creative aspirations, through dialogue and engagement.
This report provides the findings from the needs assessment conducted as a critical first step towards programme planning for young urban artists. Data collection was limited, by design, resources and time, to Zimbabwe’s two major urban centres of Harare and Bulawayo. However the analysis also takes into consideration feedback received as part of the British Councils on-going consultations across Zimbabwe’s smaller towns and cities.
Primary data was collected from 468 young people aged 18 to 35 years in Bulawayo and Harare by means of:
• Individual interviews and questionnaires
• On and offline monkey survey
• Focus group discussions.
Information was triangulated through seven key stakeholder interviews, three institutional discussion groups, and two mini-summits with artists focussing on preliminary findings. Whilst the sample is smaller than that originally proposed we have no doubt of its representativeness, as explained more fully in the main report attached below.