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Female entrepreneur equips children with ICT skills

Story by ZBC Reporter

A young female entrepreneur is on a drive to equip children between the ages of six and 13 with relevant information and communication technology (ICT) skills to be better prepared for their studies in line with the Education 5.0 Model.

Chido Manjokota, who is the chief executive officer of Kidzin Technology, decided to pass on the ICT knowledge she gained from a local university to young children.

Currently, she is running a boot camp in Harare where she is teaching the children electronic skills in drone technology and basic electronics and robotics.

A student, Matsika Mukudzei said, “I have just finished my grade seven and am looking forward to being an electronic engineer. This opportunity will go a long way in preparing me to become a better engineer when I grow up. At the moment, I managed to produce an electric sensor rubbish bin and a boom gate.”

According to the coach, the initiative is meant to better equip children with knowledge and skills which encourage innovation.

“With the coming in of education 5.0, we encourage our students to spend much of their time on practical work whereby we are teaching them to manufacture goods that are capable of solving problems which we are facing locally, globally and regionally,” said coach Michelle Nyamupanemunda.

The young entrepreneur speaks on the scope of the initiative, imploring parents and guardians to monitor their kids at all times, including during holidays.

Manjokota said, “First and foremost, we want to take a closer look at our kids, especially this festive holiday when most of them are over-excited leading them to indulge in taking dangerous drugs and substances. The other thing is that we want to make sure that we catch up with these kids when they are still young considering that they still have the potential.”

In developed countries such as China and Japan, children start learning electronic subjects at a tender age, hence the technological advancement of these countries.

The government of Zimbabwe has since started implementing the same strategy through the introduction of the Heritage-Based Education 5.0 Model which encourages and promotes innovation, with innovation hubs being established at tertiary institutions.

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