Education key to economic growth: VP Chiwenga

By ZBC Reporter
VICE PRESIDENT Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has described the provision of quality education as one of the key enablers in attaining a middle-income economy by 2030.
He was speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for two schools in Chinhoyi this Friday.
Provision of quality education described as critical to the attainment of a middle-income economy by 2030
The primary and secondary schools, named Our Lady of Perpetual Help, are being constructed by the Roman Catholic Church. Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga commended the initiative as a milestone in human resources development.
He emphasised the role of education towards achieving vision 2030, describing the project as life-changing for the people of Chinhoyi and surrounding areas.
“Equally vision 2030 of the second republic under the astute leadership of his Excellency, President E.D Mnangagwa espouses among other enablers, the provision of quality education to our children, itself a cogwheel towards the attainment of a middle-income economy come year 2030. Our goal is 100 percent literacy levels which we will certainly achieve,” he said.
He said education is about empowering learners to be aware of their potential.
“What then is education? Surely it goes beyond simply learning to count, write and read. It is about empowering the learner’s to be aware of the potential God-given capabilities inherent in them as well as those passed on to them from previous generations.”
Chinhoyi Diocese Bishop Raymond Mupandasekwa assured stakeholders the schools will adhere to required quality controls and produce the best students.
“We are aware of the government’s insistence on quality controls. We want the schools to be a front from which other learning institutions will draw benefits.”
Mashonaland West Minister of state for provincial affairs, Honourable Mary Mliswa pledged her support.
“They have meticulously followed procedure. We mean to see the project succeed. My office will continue to offer support to the Diocese,”
Government, through the assurance of the Vice President, will second Zimbabwe National Army artisans to the project.
The ground-breaking ceremony also coincided with the launch of the Chinhoyi diocese website and the planting of trees by the vice president and other delegates.