ZEGU hosts 2022 Winter school on human rights for law students

By Tapiwa Machemedze

Providing global exposure for tertiary students has been cited as key in the development of manpower that is competitive internationally.

This emerged at the 2022 Winter School on Human Rights that has drawn participants from three different countries.

Law students drawn from Sweden’s University of Lund and five Zimbabwean universities converged at the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti (ZEGU) for the Winter School on Human Rights in a development that is expected to foster better understanding of international humanitarian law.

“I am getting an opportunity to interact with international students and international lectures so this has given me a better understanding and in-depth appreciation of international human rights and international humanitarian law,” said Andrew Matyatya a Law Student.

ZEGU Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Eveline Garwe highlighted the Winter school is a key milestone in its internationalisation of education drive which targets global exposure for students.

“Internationalisation is key because what we are developing here are global citizens who have to understand all issues to do with the whole world and the best international trends, so we will be having partnerships with institutions from across the globe and have practitioners form across the globe so as to have a thorough understanding,” said Professor Garwe.

The program, funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation (SIDA) and run by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute was graced by the Swedish Ambassador Asa Pehrson who spoke of efforts to strengthen development co-operation with local institutes.

“We have development co-operation support since independence. It’s always been focused on democracy and human rights and why because we want to support democratic development not only in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The two-week winter school initiative which has drawn local, regional and international experts is part of the four-year Zimbabwe human rights capacity building program and its will run until the 22 of July.