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 to showcase their offerings.

Speaking to the ZBC News, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said this year’s conference will provide opportunities for professional development, networking and mentoring among peers in the education sector.

This year’s edition is running under the theme: ‘Education for Innovation and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development.’

Delegates are expected from countries such as Cuba, South Africa and Namibia.

An inter-governmental meeting will also be held during the conference.


Chess partnership

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has collaborated with the Africa Chess Confederation and the World Chess Federation in a move expected to develop chess in Zimbabwean schools from grassroots level.

Dr Dokora said the partnership will ensure smooth implementation of the new curriculum in the area of chess and its development in schools.

Africa Chess Confederation President, Luiz Ncube commended Zimbabwe for including sports in the new curriculum, saying it is an achievement worth celebrating and should be emulated by other countries.

The collaboration will also see the Africa Chess Confederation and the World Chess Federation offering a minimum of 10 academic scholarships to Zimbabwean students. Zimbabwe Chess Confederation President, Clive Mpampela said the scholarship will ensure development of the minds of youngsters.

The country recently hosted the 2017 African Schools Individual Chess Championship in Harare with nine countries participating.