The outgoing Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe has bestowed the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of the education sector.
The award was presented to President Mugabe by the outgoing Junior President, Nigel Gwanzura and his Prime Minister, Cetty Moyo during the opening of the 19th Session of the Junior Parliament in Harare this Saturday.Â
Cde Mugabeâ€™s efforts towards the improvement of education since independence have seen Zimbabwe overtaking Tunisia as the continentâ€™s most literate nation with a literacy rate of 92%.
In a citation read by former Clerk of the Junior Parliament, Nicole Grace Hove, the massive construction of schools in Zimbabwe,Â the increasing number of teacher training institutions, gender equality in Zimbabwean schools and racial equity in education are some of the major reasons for bestowing the award on Cde Mugabe.
The outgoing Junior Parliamentarians were also grateful for the computerisation programme initiated by Cde Mugabe in the year 2000, which has seen thousands of schools and colleges increasing computer literacy among the youth.
The Junior Parliament also conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award to UNICEF for assisting Zimbabwe purchase textbooks.
Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde saviour Kasukuwere, the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Vice President Joice Mujuru, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo and other government ministers, and UN agencies representatives were among the thousands who attended the Day of the African Child commemorations in the capital.