By Lisa Masuku
YOUNG people are ready to play their part and take responsibility for the attainment of an upper middle income economy by 2030.
The convention held by the Bulawayo chapter of Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) this Thursday under the theme, ‘Students Participation in Economic Growth for a Prosperous, Resilient and Inclusive Society,’ saw students at tertiary institutions stressing the special role they are playing in advancing vision 2030.
“As young people, we have a special role to play in advancing economic development. There are quite a number of opportunities in the new dispensation under the capable leadership of His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa that have been availed for us. These opportunities are challenging us as young people to get out of the box and think big. They are a golden opportunity for us play an effective role in the transformation of the nation,” said ZICOSU President, Pijiwest Nhamburo.
Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube who was the Guest Speaker at the event, pointed out that government has taken a deliberate stance to introduce a number of youth centred projects to ensure young people are not left behind in the drive towards vision 2030.
“Cdes and friends, the new dispensation under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has scored notable achievements in the education sector under which you fall as students. We have seen the introduction of the following, Education 5.0 that has since re-defined and revolutionarised the education sector to fit in with modern demands and the ever changing global advancements, the construction of innovation hubs that will transform ideas into reality and knowledge into skills,” said Hon Ncube.
Bulawayo ZANU PF Provincial Chairperson, Cde Jabulani Sibanda implored young people to utilise industrial hubs and contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
“As a people, we are failing ourselves by not believing in ourselves. We have to believe in ourselves, we have to believe that we can excel as a people. Once we get rid of that mental defeat we will do wonders,” he noted.
Innovation hubs at universities and colleges continue to revolutionarise the country’s education system with tertiary institutions coming up with solutions to the country’s challenges.