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Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter

FIRST Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa held an extensive consultative meeting with key stakeholders including Government Ministers, chief executives, the media and other leading figures ahead of the launch of her first-ever career guidance, deportment, etiquette and grooming programme to build a firm foundation for the country’s future generations.

Dubbed “The First Lady’s Career Guidance: Sustainability into generations” the programme will soon be launched in the capital after which it will be taken to all the provinces with high-achievers and notables from the areas engaging the children as a motivational factor.

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution saw it befitting to participate in the programme alongside the media organisations they work with in their areas since they are the ones who will be implementing the programme in their respective provinces where they interact with communities on a day-to-day basis.

The targeted age-group is eight to 14 years while later there will be other sessions for high schools and tertiary institutions.

The move will also help tackle drug abuse, child marriages, school drop-out and general lack of respect, amongst a host of challenges bedevilling society today.

Career guidance is empowerment given to individuals to help them acquire the knowledge, information, skills, and experience necessary to identify career options, and narrow them down to make one career decision.

This career decision then results in their social, financial and emotional well-being throughout their lives.

Amai Mnangagwa, who has a passion for the welfare of women and children, will rope in the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education; Higher and Tertiary Education as well as Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Ministers take notes during a consultative meeting with First Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa in preparation for the launch of career guidance, deportment, etiquette and grooming programme at Zimbabwe House

The programme, the mother of the nation said, would be extended to schools, churches and various other places where children meet.

“I welcome you wholeheartedly. There is no mother who plans her things without involving her children, that is why I have invited you today so that we put our minds together and come up with tangible things that will help our children and future generations.

“The programme that you have come for, and I see some of you have come from afar, is about career guidance, grooming, etiquette and deportment that we want to spread in schools around the country,” she said.

The mother of the nation underlined her passion for the well-being of children by highlighting other programmes she does with them.

“I would want to thank you all for sparing time from your busy schedules to come here on a very special agenda that impacts our future generations. Through my interactive programmes, I know you have seen me in all provinces doing Gota/Nhanga/Ixhiba and also Ngano Naamai and the Elementary Club where I took the very small ones to interact with me and I will also be hearing what they will be saying.

“Our children need serious grooming and we will try to touch on so many areas looking at both girls and boys, preparing the child for the future.

“That is why I invited you here so that we put our hands together for the sake of our children. Yes, I am the First Lady, but it is just a name, these two words, First and Lady cannot stop me from sitting down with the people and being with the people.

“Guidance and grooming are very important and when I was growing up, I was taught the art of living and walking in the correct path so that we would grow up well.

“We want our children to be groomed and raised in the manner we were also raised so that they grow up knowing where they are coming from and where they are heading to,” she said to warm applause.

Amai Mnangagwa then gave the floor to her visitors to share their views and they all applauded her for coming up with a noble programme.

They pledged their full support.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere threw his weight behind the programme saying human capital development was among priorities needed to carry the nation forward.

“In terms of National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), human capital development is one of the key priorities that is going to transform this economy, but also at the same time the President has also declared war on drugs and the coming of this career guidance, counselling and etiquette programme will help all children, especially those in schools, in terms of direction and at the same time in terms of heritage-based learning.

“We should then incorporate our customs and traditions as part of the guidance, counselling and also etiquette. What the First Lady has said is true because we may lose the next generation because of drugs. We might lose the next generation because of lack of dignity and values which are being eroded mainly by the substance and drug abuse that is rampant nowadays in the country and the world over.

“The President put together an inter-ministerial committee that will deal with the issue of drugs but to curb drugs alone without the supporting social and human capital initiative enabling children to be groomed from primary school level all the way to high school and university, the programme will not succeed.

“As part of the etiquette programme and guidance, it helps make children know where we are coming from, where we are going and values that are expected in terms of Ubuntu, in terms of our cultural norms as Africans.

“This helps children understand professions and role models they will be working with in communities to know where they will be coming from and heading to.

“As people responsible for the dissemination of information we will be together as it is the responsibility of our ministry to inform, to educate and also to entertain and we will incorporate the programme in newspapers, social media platforms and television stations,” he said.

Similar sentiments where echoed by Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet Lovemore Matuke.

“We need to empower children to take care of our country when we are gone or when we are so old that we can’t do anything for ourselves. Amai, we welcome your programme. It is very important.

“In my view, I think we need also to incorporate these child parliamentarians that we have always had in our communities. We have junior Members of Parliament and councillors. We also need chiefs and I don’t know if we have children who represent chiefs out there because they can help push our agenda to their peers.

“Amai our children are doing the unthinkable in schools especially in boarding schools. I heard that they are brewing a certain cereal mixed with juice and ferment it. These children really needs guidance and counselling,” he said.

Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution Marian Chombo described the First Lady’s programme as both timely and relevant.

“This is quite relevant especially where we travel in the rural areas as provincial ministers. We encounter a lot. The Covid-19 era created a lot of problems and these are some of them. You have said catch them young and if we look at the programme that you do which seeks to fill the aunt’s gap. Children are no longer disciplined and do as they please.

“Churches and as the minister said, junior MPS and junior councillors should be roped in. Also encourage them through Education 5.0 to understand that it is not everyone who is academically gifted. They need to appreciate that there are some careers they can do though career guidance.

“This affects us in Mashonaland west because it is a farming area and a mining area. Child marriages are rampant and girls are rushing into marriages without any knowledge of what is expected of them. Discipline in schools is also bad and you just see in social media that we have lost a generation. With your guidance Amai, we are going to run with the programme in the provinces because it is relevant to cover the void in the communities,” she said.

Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Evelyn Moyo thanked the First Lady for her interventions to improve the welfare of children countrywide.

“I want to thank you Amai for the many programmes that we have participated with you targeting mainly children. Amai, you have been talking to the young generation on the values that we expect from them as parents, as grandparents and as sisters and brothers. As the former Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, we had that programme in the schools, but it is very shallow.

“It’s once in a while that the head office moves in the provinces. They actually choose one province maybe per year which is not very effective. The issue is that the values have gone down, the curriculum, the heritage studies needs to be evaluated because we have got a heritage which we need to evaluate, sit down with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education so that we evaluate, we sense the quality of the materials that are used in that subject.

“We have faith that your programme will rescue our children. The behaviour of children needs to change. Amai it also begins with the parents, children learning from them or children being affected by their parent’s constant fights, therefore Amai, I think you also need to formulate another programme targeting parents. Your new programme Amai was long over due,” she said.

Minister of State for Harare Province Charles Tawengwa jocularly said he had no talking points, but action points.

“We are ready Amai, just give us the tools and we will deliver. We have heard everything you have said and we are in full support of your vision. Where a king’s son is cautioned, as a servant’s child be present.

“If you want to feel the warmth of the fire, you have to go to the fireplace to be warm. All you are saying is that the children have to be there to hear the values and ethos expected of them and to be inspired by high-achievers and notables.

“These are the things that we are saying even in the homes, but our children no longer listen. But what is it that is making our children resistant? We now need to go back and teach them that what they think is normal is actually not.

“Children who drop their trousers are not ashamed as they walk. Even some adults are now used to this and children are copying. I say let us follow our mother’s counsel and start the work. We need action so that her vision is fulfilled,” he said.

Representing the media, The Sunday Mail Editor Mrs Victoria Ruzvidzo thanked the First Lady for allowing the media to be part of her programme.

“I thank you for allowing us to be here as the media, helping and assisting to spread information. I am always telling people this, that there are some people who do not see the importance of the media but I want to thank you that in all your programmes you always include the media.

“Whatever is done, for as long as the media is not there expect only people who were in that room to know, no one else will know. So no one else will have a buy-in, no one else will participate, but if you call us as you have done, we will use all our platforms and channels to spread the message. Fortunately because of technology, not just here in Zimbabwe, but abroad, we have Zimbabweans who are all over the world would want to take part in these programmes,” she said.

The mother of the nation separately met chief executives as part of the consultative process.

Dr Mnangagwa gave the chief executives a briefing on what the programme was all about.

“So we say schools, how may Harare schools do we have? They say we have this number, and we take representatives from each school, those who are vocal, those who can express themselves and can tell others what they went there for and what they learnt.

“The environment will be so conducive because what we want is not like us preaching to them but to interact with them for us to see if it has sunk into their heads. Your positions are going to inspire them and you will see what is going to happen when talking of career guidance and etiquette,” she said.

Educationist and career diplomat Ambassador Mary Mubi, spoke glowingly of the envisaged programme.

She described the First Lady’s programme as inspirational and visionary.

“I think if we really want Zimbabwe to be a shining star, we need to prepare for the next generation and many of our children don’t have ambition, don’t have an idea, don’t understand the talents they have and the role they should play in their communities.

“We need mentors and I think a lot of the people around here are mentors. Seeing is believing. Many of the mentors that our children see are not perhaps available and Amai is making them visible.

“I think in every community there is mentor who can provide the necessary motivation for a child to aspire, but I think your words at the beginning of this presentation that having a vision, having an idea of how you can contribute but also understanding your abilities because many times we have ambition, but sometimes also having an idea of what we are capable of doing sometimes needs nurturing and also motivation so that we can see the different skills that are available.

“Some are coming with our hands, some are artists, some are sports people, some are in ICT, some are engineers, some are doctors and everybody has a role to play and I think it is to create situation where every child feels that they can contribute whether you are a plumber, you can be the best plumber that there can be. If they are going to be an engineer, let them be the greatest engineer that they can be.

“I truly commend you for the age group that you are thinking about because often career guidance comes too late in our schools when already they have made choices about what they will take at O-Level and A-Level. But if in fact they have a dream and a motivation, they can already begin to try and excel in the subject that they think that they can do. So Amai as always, I am here, sharing ideas and motivating I can do, but of course your energy is something that I cant match,” she said in jest.

Zimpapers chief executive Mr Pikirayi Deketeke pledged to support the First Lady’s vision.

“Today we have people who conduct themselves in a certain way because of their upbringing, they have no values. So Amai, you have started a process which is going to shape the children and the generations to come. The information that we are going to give to the children, can help them make informed decisions about their career choices.

“Career guidance help students understand their strengths, weaknesses, and interests, and provide them with a clearer picture of the career paths available to them. We are fully behind this programme and will use the voices on radio, TV and newspapers and I believe we can begin to make a transformation and telling these stories of different leaders, how they started and where they are so as to motivate the children. We all started from somewhere,” he said.

Mr Michael Lashbrook the National Foods chief executive said; “Amai, I really want to applaud you on this fantastic initiative, I really think its opportune. Why I say it is opportune is because one of the greatest strengths of our country is its people and personally as someone who is getting older it does worry me that our young talent is not quite what it was 15 or 20 years ago and I really think this is opportune and personally I am honoured to be part of this initiative,” he said.

Mr Lashbrook said in his organisation there were so many people and he was willing to commit colleagues with inspiring stories to come on board and assist in the First Lady’s vision.

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Govt overhauls vocational training programmes – NewsDay

The new strategic framework for the modernisation and transformation of vocational training systems has already been approved by Cabinet, Youth Empowerment and Development minister Tinoda Machakaire said yesterday.

GOVERNMENT is overhauling vocational skills training at its centres across the country to ensure that graduates meet the demands of the current job market.

The new strategic framework for the modernisation and transformation of vocational training systems has already been approved by Cabinet, Youth Empowerment and Development minister Tinoda Machakaire said yesterday.

Machakaire made the remarks while addressing 1 501 graduands from Magamba Vocational Training Centre in Manicaland province.

He said the new framework would facilitate the review of skills training and programmes to modernise the vocational training system (VTS) and transform vocational training centres (VTCs) into modern centres of excellence.

“The framework which was developed through wide consultations will facilitate the review of the skills training system and programmes to modernise the VTS and transform VTCs into centres of excellence,” he said.

“The VTCs are expected to provide relevant skills for youth empowerment and the socio-economic development of the communities which these VTCs serve as required by Heritage Education 5.0.”

Education 5.0 is a five-mission model of teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation.

The VTCs have a mandate to develop an entrepreneurial and self-reliant culture among the Zimbabwean youth.

Machakaire pleaded with industry and commerce to support VTCs in their communities as part of their corporate social responsibility to contribute towards the youth economic empowerment agenda.

“The youth empowerment agenda requires the concerted and collaborative efforts of us all — government, development partners, the private sector and community leadership in general,” he said.

“Vocational training and skills development is one of the youth development and empowerment strategies that my ministry is pursuing as an integral cog in Zimbabwe`s industrial development agenda.”

Machakaire, however, admitted that VTCs were facing various challenges related to underfunding.

“I have been informed that some of your challenges include dilapidated infrastructure, inadequate staff, obsolete tools and equipment including the unavailability of reliable vehicles,” he said.

“This strategic framework which is to be implemented should adequately deal with the above challenges.”

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Muckracker: The sandy journey to democracy – NewsDay

It was reported that Tendai Biti, one of the country’s angriest men, is unhappy because of some parody social media account.

MUCKRAKER, like most patriotic people across the country, is still recuperating from the vigorous exertions of dancing in the sand last weekend.

In case you have been hiding under a rock, probably hiding from sanctions, the absolute geniuses in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) organised musical galas recently, which were meant to celebrate the environmental destruction of the country’s longest river, Save.

The Siltation Gala drew thousands of imbibers, who debauched their way through the balmy night and danced away on what used to be a river.

According to the OPC: “Save Beach Bash! Strategic Communications, Presidential Communications, Zimbabwe. Communicating to give impetus to the programmes and projects that contribute to the attainment of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030”.

Indeed, in that vision, all rivers would have disappeared. At that time, we will be hosting similar concerts. Where we once had roads, we will host the Pothole Jamboree. We have already turned old train coaches at the National Railways of Zimbabwe premises into low-cost accommodation for those with rather urgent personal needs.

Nothing can stop this vision.

Nothing puzzling

Around the country, many people are still scratching their heads in puzzlement after a former minister complained about corruption. It was reported that Dzingai Mutumbuka, a former education minister, found out to his horror that someone in the Deeds Office had found better things to do with his property, transferring it to someone else for a small fee, naturally.

For some reason, Mutumbuka is making a song and dance about this small issue. In fact, shockingly, he claims to have taken this up with the country’s owner.

“I met President Emmerson Mnangagwa and I congratulated him on his achievements, but I told him he will not achieve much if he doesn’t deal with corruption,” Mutumbuka said.

“I am known that is why I am able to fight my case in the courts. What about those ordinary men and women in the streets who are not known? They easily lose their hard-earned properties to such fraudsters.”

Of course, we are sure that Mnangagwa must have rolled on the floor with laughter at such a suggestion. First, what does Mutumbuka mean by “achievements? Secondly, why does he think “ordinary men and women in the streets”? Are they the vene of the country? When did they start to matter to warrant such needless noise?

This Mutumbuka fellow should crawl back to quiet retirement and let comrades eat in peace.

Human exports

Speaking of achievements, the country continues to excel by increasing exports. Among the biggest exports of the country, are human beings.

Once, our previous deceased owner described Britain as “a very cold, uninhabitable country with small houses”. Now, we are told by Britain that Zimbabwe is among the top three countries in the whole world in terms of sending people to work in the UK’s health and care work system.

In total, over the past year, some 40 000 Zimbabweans and their dependents left Southern Africa’s fastest growing economy to go and stay in this “very cold, uninhabitable country” and get jobs in care work.

Other countries are trying to copy us. This week, we heard that Pastor Lazarus Chakwera is being congratulated widely for sending 221 young Malawians to work on farms in Israel. The nation congratulates Zanu PF for this massive achievement in growing exports.

We call upon the geniuses in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s Communication Department to speedily host another gala, preferably at our shiny new airport, to celebrate this milestone.


Meanwhile, it’s all hotting up over there in the alleged opposition. It was reported that Tendai Biti, one of the country’s angriest men, is unhappy because of some parody social media account.

It was all to do with an account in the name of one Sengezo Tshabangu, the unemployable lout who now claims to be in charge of the Citizens Coalition for Change. In one post, whoever runs the fake account mischievously claimed that Tshabangu had met Biti for a meal at a hotel. Asked to comment, a frothing Biti told NewsDay: “I’m not interested.

That account must be a parody account that was created by Chamisa and his team. Just check it. I have not met Tshabangu and let me repeat that I am not interested”.

We congratulate Biti for always managing to commit political hara-kiri when his opponents need him to. He has a long, tried and tested history in that department.

French honeymoon

According to reports this week, the Mayor of the Former Sunshine City Lovejoy Chitengu and his deputy Rosemary Muronda are leading a high-powered delegation to the tourist resort of Nyanga to eat as much as they can while they still can.

It is reported that the two, accompanied by 23 other chefs, will spend US$24 000 at a strategic retreat to discuss very important things.

“The objectives (of the retreat) are to find new financial and business partners, expand the network to top-level business contracts, discover and learn best practices from leading” as well as learning about “efficiency towards defined goals and standards”.

We are told the seminar’s theme – there is always a long theme for such events – is “Refining Corporate Excellence and Efficiency towards delivering a Middle Income Economy —Vision 2030.”

Yet, you hear ungrateful residents complaining. They are whining about the fact that “city fathers and mothers” are spending money on hotels, leaving behind a cholera crisis. But these people need to zip their mouths.

Since when do we elect people based on competence? Why are we surprised? Did they show you their qualifications when you voted for them? No. so why the shock? Let them eat on your behalf. What else are they there for?

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has flighted advertisements calling on people to sign up to work for the government.

“Are you a recent graduate? Are you between the ages of 19-30? Are you looking for a job? If you answer ‘Yes’ to all three questions then mark this date on your calendar and the venue below: December 6, 2023.

Do you want to work for the government?

Come to the PSC Job Fair for a chance to be considered for employment.”

Muckraker suspects there was a genuine, innocent mistake made by whoever wrote that advert.

It is more likely that they meant to say: “We know you are over 30 and never had a job. Are you desperate enough to sign yourself into slavery? Then come and work for the government”.

The “slavery” part there, of course, refers only to low-level workers.

The rest are the slave drivers who drive 4X4s. Those ones do not need to apply through “job fairs”.

Could this be true?

There were shocking revelations in the trial of Marry Mubaiwa, who was once married to the country’s deputy owner, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

According to one report: “Former health and child care deputy minister Dr John Mangwiro testified in court that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, while admitted in South Africa, received treatment from a veterinary doctor at the insistence of his ex-wife, Marry Mubaiwa.

Dr. Mangwiro revealed that he discovered Dr. Peck was a veterinary doctor after initially being presented as a family medical practitioner by Mubaiwa.”

Calling a vet to treat a whole human? We can only surmise that Marry, in her affection, took the VP’s totem a bit too far.

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Mawaba primary school unveils e-learning classroom block – The Zimbabwe Mail

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Thursday, commissioned an e-learning classroom block at Mawaba Primary School in Lobengula West.

The new facility will provide learners with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The classroom block was renovated for US$5,000 through a collaboration between the school and its parents. The classroom is equipped with 45 laptops, which the school won under a merit award from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony held at the school under the theme, “Empowering Learners Through E-Learning,” Ward 14 Councillor Dumisani Netha, who was standing in for Mayor David Coltart, said that the city of Bulawayo strives to be a leading smart and transformative city by 2024. He said that empowering education through e-learning facilities is essential to achieving this vision.

Netha applauded the school and the parents for putting together the resources to convert the classroom into such a magnificent learning facility.

“This is a befitting facility to train our learners in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as set out in the smart city concept, national outcomes and requirements provided for by the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and Vision 2030,” said Netha.

“We might pride ourselves on providing our children with such remarkable facilities for e-learning, this is because it is a powerful tool in the modern-day learning experiences as it is a convenient and flexible platform for individuals to acquire skills.”

Netha said that e-learning has great accessibility potential as it offers a wide range of courses and resources. “This accessibility ensures that no one is left behind and learners have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills while being flexible in scheduling and pacing,” he said.

He said that, unlike traditional fixed classrooms with fixed timetables, in e-learning, individuals can balance education with other responsibilities such as home, sports, and family chores. This allows learners to take control of their learning journey, resulting in a personalized learning experience and increased motivation.

“In the face of envisaged high breed learning, we congratulate Mawaba school and credit to all schools with such projects or are in the process of putting up their internet classrooms. The Education Sector Strategic Plan demands that all schools have user-friendly facilities including disability ramps, ECD classroom blocks, and libraries among other facilities,” said Clr Netha.

“I desire to ensure all council schools and others in our beautiful city implement these requirements as we strive for a smart Bulawayo,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Provincial Education Director for Bulawayo, Sibongile Khumalo, congratulated the school for successfully venturing into e-learning, saying that it is a powerful way to achieve good results.

“Schools are encouraged to embrace online learning as we might appreciate, it comes with several benefits. E-learning is about being able to access education whenever one needs to and from wherever one is. Our competency-based curriculum has embraced ICT and the concept of e-learning is topical,” said Khumalo.

She said that the curriculum has seen the transition of education from being predominantly a face-to-face approach to digital learning platforms where a teacher has merely become a facilitator.

“Through e-learning, learners should be able to take responsibility for their educational progress and access the numerous Ministry endeavours to expose them to as much educational material as possible. These include such platforms as online catch-up strategies, e-learning passport, imfundo endlini, and blended learning, just to mention a few, which are all digital learning programs,” Khumalo said.

She encouraged all schools and their communities to make e-learning a priority in their school development committee budgets.

Source: Cite

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