By Tafara Chikumira
Construction works at Maboleni Vocational Training Centre in Vungu are set to commence after government availed funding for the project which feeds into the National Development Strategy One.
The vocational training centre is a community initiative where villagers are providing labour and bricks with government coming on board with financial assistance to ensure the project becomes a reality.
The community is upbeat the institution will assist school leavers who are indulging in immoral activities due to idleness.
“We were in trouble with our kids who were now engaging in all sorts of activities like drug abuse. It was becoming a cause of concern in this area as it was no longer easy to deal with their unruly behaviour. We are just grateful that the kids will now have something to occupy them,” a villager said.
Another commented: “This only goes on to show that our President is a listening President. We have a lot of children who have failed to further their studies due to a number of circumstances but this college will bring hope to some of these hopeless children.”
“We have been remembered as people of Vungu. We have been crying for long to have this college and today we say our prayers have been answered. I would like to thank our President for the breakthrough,” noted another.
The training institution has since entered into a partnership with the Midlands State University which will see the institute providing lecturers.
Vungu constituency legislator Honourable Omega Sibanda said: “We want to thank his Excellency cde Mnangagwa for what he has done to us through this initiative. We are happy that the team has since arrived on the ground. They will start by constructing a cast wall and then they will do the buildings. We got this shot through the ministry of women affairs and this will help this area of Vungu constituency in a huge way.”
Construction and revival of vocational training centres are part of several projects being spearheaded by the Second Republic to ensure every Zimbabwean plays a part in the country’s quest to attain an upper middle income economy by 2030.