Turn Schools Into Sustainable Industries – New Education Minister
Turn schools into sustainable industries says the new Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Evelyn Ndlovu. The new Minister has endorsed education with production model which she believes is in line with the government’s new thrust of commercialisation of the education sector.
She said this at a teacher capacity development workshop held from 15-17 October 2021 at Dadaya Training Centre, where she spoke as a guest of honour.
Ndlovu recommended that school sites be developed into sustainable industries that produce something better other than "face masks and sanitisers", saying this will help students in "experimental learning with production".
"Schools must move quickly to open new lucrative businesses such as tobacco, maize, wheat, soyabean production, horticultural crops at commercial scale," she said.
Ndlovu also said she hoped for the Zimbabwe Foundation for Education with Production (ZIMFEP) model to be adopted at schools to help finance teaching and learning activities.
"It is my hope that education with production model will be cascaded from ZIMFEP schools to all other institutions of learning in the country," said Ndlovu.
"Trades like agriculture, brick moulding, brick laying, leather and suit wear, clothing and textiles, knit wear, tourism and hospitality, carpentry and joinery, creative art and others in the school syllabi will be improved by creating innovative hubs and mini-industries in our selected schools.
"We start with a selection of a few schools and if we succeed, we will move to the rest of the schools," she added.
Ndlovu said the adoption of "learning with production" will help in the creation of employment, and in the creation of a new breed of young entrepreneurs who can add value to the natural resources.