Day: August 28, 2017

Primary school pupils embrace STEM

In an effort to improve their technological skills, primary schools have this holiday joined network clubs as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme, which is the basis for the new education curriculum. Primary school children are on a mission to improve their technological skills taught at school this holiday by joining networking clubs such as the Maker Club. STEM concepts at primary school level produce a future student who instead of using sketch pads for art might be a graphic design whizz-kid. The schoolchildren are being taught hydraulics, computer programming and web designing to build...

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UZ spearheads agric mechanisation drive

The agriculture business in Zimbabwe is set to improve as local institutions of higher learning are harnessing science and technology to promote agricultural mechanisation. As part of the implementation of the transformation of higher education for industrialisation thrust introduced by the government, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in support of agriculture has developed machinery that makes agriculture a viable business. Speaking during a tour of the UZ Bio-Systems and Agriculture Engineering Department today, UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura said they are working towards complimenting the government with agricultural technologies. UZ Bio-systems and Agricultural Engineering lecturer, Mr Special Musoni and the students who participated in the production of some of the machines, explained to the taskforce on transformation of higher education for industrialization and modernization which was touring the department on how the mechanisms works. Professor Nyagura added that the university has developed among other things a hay roller baler with locally produced materials and they are looking forward to funding to enable the mass production of those machines. Earlier this year, the Taskforce on the Transformation of Higher Education for Industrialisation and Modernisation had a fruitful tour of international universities where it gathered information on how to harness science in local institutions of higher...

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Doma people and their isolated life

For a very long time, the Doma people in Kanyemba, north of Zimbabwe, with their rich complex traditions and beliefs, has lived in isolation and has been marginalised from the modern infrastructural and technological development other communities are enjoying. The tribe historically led a nomadic lifestyle and survived on hunting and gathering wild fruits and roots. Though the Doma have little contact with the majority of the populace, many families lead settled lives as semi-foragers. Some have built makeshift houses of pole and daga. In order to survive the dangers of dangerous animals like elephants and lions, they have built grass and pole cages that are high enough to keep them safe. Having been largely isolated for a very long time, a group of Doma people in Harare courtesy of a local church could not hide their joy as they got in contact with other people. Speaking to the ZBC News, Mbire legislator, Cde Douglas Karoro said the Mbire area has no access to appropriate shelter, electricity, proper road infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities. Chief Peter Enock Chapoto from Mbire expressed gratitude for the kind gesture by PHD Ministries, who have partnered the Mbire District Council for infrastructural development in the area. The infrastructural development initiative seeks to compliment government efforts to bring development in the country through the ZIMASSET’s infrastructure and utilities...

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Education Conference begins Wednesday

After the successful adoption of the new curriculum, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is hosting the 3rd edition of the Education Conference and Expo from the 30th of August to the 1st of September in Harare. More than 5000 local and international delegates are expected to attend this year’s conference to be held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) starting this Wednesday.  The three day event is expected to see deliberations and sharing of notes on latest trends in education, promote research that enriches teaching and learning as well as provide space for companies and organisations...

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$1bn deal to revive ZISCOSTEEL

A $1 billion investment deal that will see the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCOSTEEL) producing more than 1 million tonnes of steel within the next 18 months is being concluded between the government and a Chinese firm called R and F. President Robert Mugabe held a meeting with the president of the investor company, Mr Jang Li at State House this Monday afternoon where he was briefed on the framework that the Zimbabwean side and the Chinese company have agreed upon. The Chinese delegation comprising Mr Jang, his deputy Mr Wang and some senior officials from the Asian...

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Swazi group promises Zim collabos

Swaziland based gospel outfit, Police Gospel Messengers, say it is looking forward to collaborate with Zimbabwean gospel musicians in an effort to fuse the cultures of the two countries through music. The popular Swaziland gospel outfit, which is in the country, gave a sterling performance that left congregants clamouring for more at Waterfalls, Harare this Sunday. Speaking to the ZBC News, band leader, Jackie Mduli applauded the talent in Zimbabwe, adding that the band is eying collaborations with some local artists. Some of the band members commended the hospitality they received from Zimbabweans. Formed in 2002, Police Gospel Messengers,...

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Girl appeals for $60k for surgery in India

A Harare woman is appealing for $60 000 for her daughter to undergo a liver transplant in India. The woman, who stays Dzivarasekwa, has had 10 months of nightmares trying to raise $60 000 for her daughter to undergo a liver transplant in India. Maria Anenyasha Mucherera suffers from liver cirrhosis and the mother, Nomusa Matimati through ZBC News managed to raise $270 during her first appeal. Realising the pain endured by her daughter, the woman has come again in trying to source for more funding. Matimati said her daughter’s belly is always swollen, something that has pushed her not to give up. The popular saying goes: ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving,’ and it is those small contributions that can make a difference but. Those who wish to contribute and save such an innocent soul can use Ecocash number 0777971270 or FBC account number...

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WHO Africa meeting reflects on challenges

There is consensus among health ministers and experts attending the 67th WHO Regional Committee meeting that the tragic Ebola outbreak in West Africa was a good wake up call for the continent to strengthen its preparedness and build resilient health systems. As the region seeks to improve the well-being of the people on the continent in line with the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, experts said shortage of resources, the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, failure to embrace technology and limited investment towards research, are some of the hurdles requiring urgent attention. The 67th WHO Regional Committee meeting taking...

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BN Academy tours UK

Four BN Academy players and founder/director, Bhekimpilo Nyoni went on a tour of the UK and undertook a training programme at the CV Academy, and Nyoni signed some partnership agreements for future exchange programmes. The tour of the UK by the academy players and director is the first although the academy has seen several players awarded academic and or sports scholarships to the UK and USA. The aim of the training programme is to create future professional athletes who can either obtain professional football and or academic sporting scholarships. Nyoni said he looks forward to a great partnership and...

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Zim can learn from Angola polls: Chombo

Home Affairs Minister, Cde Ignatius Chombo says Zimbabwe has a lot to learn from the Angolan electoral process which he said is one of the best in the region. Angola uses biometric voting process and pictures of voters will be at the polling stations. Zimbabwean officials view the system as one of the best methods. The Angolan ruling party, MPLA won by 61,1 percent while the opposition party, UNITA had 26,7 percent votes. Dr Chombo and his Local Government, Public Works and National Housing counterpart, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere were part of the Zimbabwean officials who were observers during the...

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