China sharpens Zimbabwe ICT skills

By Staff reporter | 15 Jul 2019 at 09:36hrs
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CHINA , which has been described as Zimbabwe's all-weather friend, has continued to strengthen its ties with the southern African country by supporting students and working professionals from different sectors in Zimbabwe through offering educational exchange programmes and seminars aimed at developing and nurturing skills among the youth in the country.

Recently, 10 ICT students from Zimbabwe's universities jetted off to China as part of The "Seeds for the Future" which is Huawei's biggest global flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that aims to develop local ICT talent, nurturing ICT professionals and enhancing knowledge transfer among the youth.

Speaking at a send-off ceremony held for the travelling students on Friday, Education minister Amon Murwira said that this era requires educational readiness and better prepared graduates for an uncertain, but high tech future.

"Our higher education institutions have to prepare students for careers that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems we don't yet know will arise," Murwira said.

The Education minister added that these kinds of initiatives provide a vital link between classroom learning and the type of real world situations students will face once they enter the workforce.
The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the People's Republic of China to Zimbabwe Chen Ning commended the fruitful relationship between China and Zimbabwe and how it is helping to grow and support the youths.

"This is a tie of friendship and a bridge promoting the pragmatic cooperation between China and Zimbabwe. Some of these initiatives provide cutting edge technical skills for students and they can learn and apply them back home in Zimbabwe and help develop their country," Ning said.

Minister of ICT, Kazembe Kazembe urged the beneficiaries to appreciate such opportunities and maximise them to become better by gathering useful experience and knowledge. Meanwhile, a Zimbabwean delegation will travel to China to attend and participate at a bilateral youth employment and development seminar in Fuzhou, this July.

The purpose of this seminar is to equip human capacity development and to supply the participants with information and knowledge from the developmental model followed by China that has so far seen it rise to make its economy the second largest in the world.

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