By Theophilus Chuma
Government’s free education policy is paying dividends as a number beneficiaries of the programme adopted at independence are investing in various sectors including education.
Just after the country’s attainment of independence, thousands of young Zimbabweans had an opportunity to go to school for free, courtesy of the new government thrust.
Some made good use of the platform to build a better future that would also help prepare them for a key role in national development.
Dr Samuel Mudavanhu is one of the beneficiaries of what was a deliberate policy adopted forty-one years ago, and is now contributing to national development.
“I grew up in Gokwe and the government’s free education policy was of a great help to us. You know if you are learning in the rural areas and no one thinks nothing good comes out there.
“But I am forever grateful for the opportunity to learn and now it’s my time to help build the nation through quality education,” Dr Mudavanhu said.
He has an investment portfolio in primary and secondary education, and is expanding into tertiary education which points to a success story of the country’s education policy.
In retrospect, the education sector was a critical stage of empowerment and nation building for the country’s young and under privileged.
Educationist Dr Benjamin Ganyiwa also said, “We are very thankful as products of that policy because it gave us an opportunity to learn. What we are today we owe it to the government programme and the policies it created even for us to come back to reinvest in this sector.”
Over the past decade, investments by locals have grown significantly with a number of private players complementing government’s efforts to offer quality education.
Following up on the opening of some universities spearheaded by locals, yet another institution of tertiary education is on the cards in Mashonaland West Province and set to open its doors in September this year.