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Most people believe it is the norm that education provides an opportunity for personal growth, self-discovery, and intellectual development

Despite the high unemployment rate in Zimbabwe, many individuals continue to pursue education.

Last week, I watched thousands of university students including the newly enrolled queuing at different banks in Harare to pay their tuition fees.

Banks such as CBZ, ZB, FBC and CABS were littered with university students paying tuition fees.

People still have hopes for a better and new Zimbabwe where economic goods or political power are vested in people based on ability and talent, rather than wealth or social class.

There are still hopes for a system which is based on performance, as measured through examination, or demonstrated achievement, hence Zimbabweans will never stop furthering their studies.

It’s sad that after graduating with first degrees, students are jumping to masters’ classes without working experience.

According to the Global Stats Counter, Zimbabwe is the eighth-most educated country in Africa.

With a population of 14,862,924, Zimbabwe has a literacy rate of 86.50%.

Zimbabwe’s education system consists of seven years of primary and six years of secondary schooling before students can enter university in the country or abroad.

Education is seen as a means of upward social and economic mobility.

Zimbabweans recognise that obtaining a higher education can enhance their knowledge, skills, and qualifications, increasing their chances of finding employment or starting their own businesses in the future.

It is often regarded as an investment in human capital, which can lead to long-term benefits.

Even with the limited job prospects in the country, individuals believe that acquiring education and skills will make them more employable and competitive when opportunities arise. Should I say the future is bright?

Most people believe it is the norm that education provides an opportunity for personal growth, self-discovery, and intellectual development.

 In Zimbabwean society, there is often considerable pressure from families and communities to pursue education.

Education is highly valued and considered a source of prestige and pride.

Many individuals feel a sense of duty to fulfill these expectations and meet societal norms.

Some people value education not just for its potential economic benefits, but also for its ability to broaden horizons, cultivate critical thinking, and expand their perspectives on various subjects.

Many educated Zimbabweans have high hopes to work abroad.

Some individuals seek education as a pathway to explore opportunities beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.

They recognise that acquiring qualifications and skills can increase their chances of finding employment or pursuing further studies outside the country.

However, the pain of paying tuition fees in a country with a high unemployment rate can be significant and challenging for individuals and their families.

It is a given that most of the graduates churned out by the universities will be on the streets to hustle while others will remain at home and wait for responses to their job applications.

About 2,3 million young people between the ages of 15 and 34 are unemployed, according to data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat).

Struggling Zimbabwean youths will continue to trek to developed countries, and nurse aid certificates have become one of the greatest passports to travel to the United Kingdom or the United States.

In his first public speech after returning from exile as the country’s new leader in 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged a “new, emerging democracy”.

He also promised to create approximately five million jobs after taking overpower from the late Robert Mugabe.

However, people are yet to see five million jobs.

Adopting a comprehensive approach to the employment problem will allow the Zimbabwean government to better generate jobs and skill-training programmes for university graduates, particularly youth from rural areas where most agricultural and manufacturing activities take place.

Despite the challenges, many Zimbabweans remain hopeful that the country’s economic situation will improve over time.

They believe that by obtaining an education, they will be better prepared to contribute to the country’s development when opportunities arise.

While the high unemployment rate undoubtedly presents obstacles, the desire for personal growth, economic prospects, and cultural expectations remains significant motivators for Zimbabweans to continue pursuing education.

It demonstrates their resilience and determination to improve their lives and contribute positively to their society, despite the challenging circumstances.

*Evans Mathanda is a journalist and development practitioner, who writes in his capacity. For feedback email: ev[email protected] or call 0719770038 and Twitter @EvansMathanda19

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Tupac Shakur: Man arrested in connection with rapper’s murder in 1996

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By Andre Rhoden-Paul | BBC News


LAS Vegas police have reportedly arrested a man in connection with the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur nearly three decades ago.

The hip-hop legend was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

The identity of his killer is still a mystery.

On Friday morning Las Vegas police arrested a man over his death, according to sources speaking to AP news agency.

Shakur was only 25 when he died.

He died on 13 September 1996, a week after he was shot four times in his car while waiting at a red light.

In a separate report, ABC News cited a senior law official confirming a suspect had been arrested in connection with the murder of Shakur and that charges would be announced on Friday afternoon.

The development comes after Las Vegas police in July searched an alleged gang member’s home for evidence over Shakur’s death.

The death of the rapper, one of the most acclaimed in hip-hop, has inspired several documentaries.

Shakur, whose stage name was stylised as 2Pac, released his debut album in 1991.

He sold more than 75 million records worldwide, enjoying chart success with hits including California Love, All Eyez On Me and Changes.

In June this year the rapper received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Six die in plane crash


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A plane believed to be owned by Rio Zimbabwe, has reportedly crashed in Mashava this morning killing six people.

According to state media reports, the plane was  travelling from Harare to Zvishavane when it crashed.

It is also reported that it was going to transport diamonds but developed a technical fault before it plunged into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande area.

All passengers and crew allegedly died on the spot.

Unconfirmed reports state the plane might have exploded mid-air before hitting the ground.

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RioZim owner, five others die in plane crash

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By Staff Reporter


A plane believed to be owned by Rio Zimbabwe, crashed in Mashava this morning killing six people.

According to state media reports, the plane was  travelling from Harare to Zvishavane when it crashed.

It is also reported that it was going to transport diamonds but developed a technical fault before it plunged into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande area.

All passengers and crew died on the spot.

Unconfirmed reports state the plane might have exploded mid-air before hitting the ground.

Top journalist and filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono said some the deceased are Rio Zim owner Harpal Randhawa and his son.

“I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of Rio Zim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane.

“Five other people including his son who was also a pilot, but a passenger on this flight also died in the crash,” wrote Chin’ono on X.

Chin’ono said he first met Harpal in 2017 through a mutual friend and businessman, Kalaa Mpinga who owned Mwana Africa mines.

“Through him I met many people in the business, diplomatic, and political worlds.

“My thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and the Rio Zim community,” he added.

Rio Zim company secretary Gova said a full statement will be issued.

“I am not in a position to address the media right now. We will however be issuing a statement as soon as possible,” he said.

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