Zimbabwe’s President: Education and Knowledge Key to Prosperity

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by Motoni Olodun

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has emphasized the importance of education and knowledge for the country’s development and prosperity. He made these remarks at the official opening of the 2024 academic year at the Bindura University of Science Education on Monday.

Mnangagwa said that his government was committed to investing in education and research, as well as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth. He urged the students and staff to use their skills and talents to contribute to the national vision of becoming an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

The president also praised the university for its achievements in various fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and for producing graduates who are relevant to the needs of the society and the industry. He said that the university was a strategic partner in the implementation of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), which is the first of two five-year plans to achieve the 2030 vision.

Mnangagwa also launched the university’s Innovation Hub, which is a platform for nurturing and commercializing ideas from students and staff. He said that the hub would foster a culture of creativity and problem-solving, and enhance the university’s linkages with the private sector and other stakeholders.

The president also conferred degrees and diplomas to 3,912 graduates from various faculties and programs. He congratulated them for their hard work and perseverance, and encouraged them to continue learning and improving themselves. He also advised them to be patriotic, ethical and responsible citizens, who would use their knowledge and skills to serve the nation and humanity.

Zimbabwe has made significant strides in improving its education system, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic sanctions imposed by some Western countries. The country has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, and has expanded access to quality education at all levels. The government has also increased funding and support for STEM education, as well as vocational and technical training, to equip the youth with the relevant skills for the 21st century.


SOURCE: The Herald

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