1220: The President concludes his address.

1218: It is now my pleasure to wish you a fruitful dialogue in this indaba, says the President as he concludes his speech.

1217: He implores the ministry to embrace the deliberations of the indaba to promote inclusive growth between the private and public sectors.

1215: The President says the competence and skills-based curriculum will result in a robust education system which will produce graduates which will in-turn help in the development of the country.

1214: He says the children should be proud of being Zimbabweans wherever they are. 

1213: President Mnangagwa says all investments are welcome and safe in Zimbabwe adding the new administration is committed to creating a conducive environment where talent will thrive to fulfill aspirations of learners so that they will be able to face tomorrow with confidence.

1212: Educators should stop the practise of dissuading learners from taking science subjects, he says. 

1210: He says the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Ministry must enhance synergies and in tandem with the present needs of the country. 

1209: The indaba is an important conduit for employment and development of the country.

1208: The President invites the potential investors to also invest in the primary education sector.

1207: He implores the teaching fraternity to be innovative and creative to make the teaching process exciting and easy for learners.

1205: The President says the indaba provides a platform to dialogue about the investment opportunities in the education sector with the aim of how the sector can be transformed in line with the industrialisation and modernisation of the country

1203: President Mnangagwa is now giving his keynote address.

1159: Minister Mavima shares the achievements made by President Mnangagwa for the past seven months he has been in office as he invites him to the podium to give his keynote address. 

1158: The Education Minister thanks the stakeholders and the potential investors in attendance as he concludes his ministerial address.

1157: He says the indaba is also aimed at discussing with potential investors the opportunities that the education sector can bring about.

1155: Minister Mavima says the cost of infrastructure should be borne intergenerationally.

1154: He says the private sector welcome taking on board the STEM initiative and is awarding scholarships to less privileged learners.

1153: The ambitious programme being embarked on is to be accomplished in reasonable time, he says.

1152: Minister Mavima says the Ministry has already embarked on a project to build 12 schools around the country as they have become a nucleus for socio-economic transformation.

1151: He says all schools that will be built from now onwards will be comprehensive as they will include electricity, internet connectivity, water and teachers houses. The digital roll out in Bulawayo is impressive but remote areas are lagging behind says Professor Mavima adding that there’s need for remote areas to be reached in the next 4 to 5 years.

1148: He says the vision to attain middle class economy by 2030 requires good education foundation for the human capital for the attainment of that goal.

1146: Professor Mavima says infrastructure is a key pillar in the delivery of accessible quality education for learners and for the government of be able to implement the competence and skills-based curriculum rolled out in 2017.

1144: He says the indaba is meant to attract investments in the education sector to foster development.

1143: Minister Mavima is now giving his remarks and will also introduce the guest of honour President Mnangagwa.

1141: Mrs Sadomba says their bank also supports the Ministry’s Secretaries Merit Awards.

1140: She says the FBC Group and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education have signed a partnership of e-learning equipment for 5 years.

1138: A representative of the FBC Group Mrs Priscillah Sadomba is now making her presentation and she says they support education as part of their corporate social responsibility.  

1136: She says the church has over 105 schools across the country which offers education and also uphold the learners spiritually since their institutions are wholly owned by the church.

1132: Sister Theresa from the Roman Catholic Church is now on the podium and she says they offer education from ECD to university level.

1126: Various potential investors are now making presentations on their capacities to invest in the primary and education sector and areas where they have already invested in.

1. Infrastructure development 

2. ICT 

3. Energy, water and sanitation and;  

4. Teaching and learning materials.

1112: He says the investment clusters required by the Ministry are as follows: 

1109: Next is a presentation on Unlocking Investment in Primary and Secondary Education by Principal Director in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Dehwa.

1101: St Phillips High and Nyandoro Primary School from Mashonaland Central Province together with Albert Nyathi now presenting what they are learning through the competence and skills-based curriculum.

1100: Mr Chasakara says banks also provide flexible loan facilities to schools in infrastructure development to be paid back on termly basis and not monthly, and money can also be raised through the sale of bonds.

1058: He says banks are actually already working with schools in the acquiring of school buses, boreholes, ICT and construction of classrooms.

1056:Mr Nyasha Chasakara Head Research and Sales at CBZ is now making a presentation on the same topic. He is focusing on what investors look at before pouring in their funds.

1052: He says affordability and durable facilities is important in coming up with infrastructure. A study is underway to come up with designs and costing to ensure contractors get on the ground for the 100 schools planned by government in the first phase, he says.

1049: Mr Sakala says schools in Harare may get investors faster than those in remote areas adding that the schools project is huge but there is need for proper planning and ensuring cost effectiveness.

1048: He says IDBZ is working with the Ministry of Education to build infrastructure and the provision of electricity in hospitals and schools.

1043: The IDBZ is the financial advisor to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in terms of infrastructure development in schools

1041: Next on the podium is Mr Thomas Zondo Sakala the Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) who is making a presentation on the ‘Guidelines on Infrastructure Investment in Primary and Secondary Education’.

1037: Several investors are attending the indaba with a view to explore possible areas of infrastructure development in schools

1036: The indaba is in line with the President’s mantra that Zimbabwe is open for business.

1035: She says the provision of proper infrastructure to learners cannot be overemphasized.

1034: The Ministry has prepared a handbook outlining the investment opportunities available in the primary and secondary education sector.

1033: The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango now giving her opening remarks. She says 2 056 additional schools are needed to meet the demands of the competence-based curriculum.

1029: Public Service Commission chairman Dr Vincent Hungwe and the Principal Director in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Mr John Dehwa are also among the dignitaries here.

1025: Flanked by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Professor Paul Mavima and the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Miriam Chikukwa, President Mnangagwa enters the venue of the indaba. Greetings are conveyed by the learners in different languages that are being imparted in Zimbabwe’s institutions of education much to the thrill and amazement of the guests who include diplomats, school heads, schools inspectors and ministry officials.

1012: Although it is the mandate of the government to provide education for its citizens for economic prosperity, it cannot do it alone. Significant investment is required in teaching, learning, infrastructure, sporting amenities, staff accommodation and other facilities, hence the presence of investors at the indaba who include ZB Bank, FBC Bank, and publishers among many others.

President Mnangagwa and some dignitaries singing the national anthem here.

1004: President Mnangagwa has since arrived here for the indaba.

1002: The indaba takes place at a time when the primary and secondary education sector faces a deficit of 2 056 schools due to population growth leading to large enrolments and demands of the new curriculum which has seen a serious mismatch of resources and infrastructure provision.

0912: The indaba which has brought together the ministry, investors and school heads brings together schools across the social divide including privately owned institutions from the length and breadth of the country.

Some of the education stakeholders attending the Presidential indaba here at Celebration Centre.

0905: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is attending the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education indaba at the Celebration Centre in the capital. The indaba is running under the theme, “Promoting Access to Education through Infrastructure Investment”.