The United Nations resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has challenged University of Zimbabwe faculty of social studies students, to move away from being passive and theoretical academics and be active contributors to the development and continual evolving of social policies in the country.

The UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative said the students should identify current challenges and situations, come up with innovations and changes that can be incorporated in the formulation of social policies in the country.

Mr Parajuli was giving a lecture on optimising social policy for the achievement of sustainable development goals at the faculty of social studies at the UZ in Harare.

He implored the students to study the 17 UN sustainable development goals and make positive contributions towards their attainment.

Mr Parajuli commended government’s efforts in the implementation of social programmes aimed at achieving the goals that improve the lives of people.

He commended government’s social policies in fighting hunger droughts, health challenges such as HIV and AIDS as well as the recent floods.

The pro-vice chancellor academic affairs, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri said the university is moving with time and has partnered business and some government departments to solve some challenges such as the issue of animal conservation dealing with corruption in revenue collection and the introduction of e-governance and ease of doing business.

Institutions of higher learning in the country have been directed to be innovative and produce graduands that answer the needs of society.