Young people are often the first adopters of new technologies with information, communication and technology (ICT) arguably playing a central role in young people’s rise to prominence on a global scale.
Ten University Of Zimbabwe (UZ) students who are pursuing studies in ICT have been nominated for a chance of a lifetime and will get exposure at one of the world’s leading technology companies from the 12th to the 28th of this month.
Seeds for the Future Scholarship programme is an initiative being championed by Huawei Technologies. Nominated ICT students go to China on a two-week study trip, where they get an opportunity to visit the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen province and research facilities in Beijing.
Tinashe Makuti a 2018 alumni narrated how the rare experience became a turning point in his life.
Ten UZ students will in two days time embark on the same journey and one of the 2019 nominees Caroline Mubobo spoke on the group’s expectations.
Indeed young people are rising to the challenge by pioneering the use of ICT, and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is the patron of Zimbabwe Seeds for the Future programme and she was represented at the send-off ceremony which was held in Harare by Chairperson of Angel of Hope foundation Mrs Molly Dingani.
“I realise that ICTs are a crucial growth engine in our communities and that young people are key in our economic development goals. I acknowledge with gratitude the great opportunities that the programme is offering to our students,” she said.
ICTs help young people to collaborate and have given them a voice where there was none before.
It has connected them across vast geo-political barriers, while bringing them together in response to social concerns.
Minister of Higher And Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Prof. Dr Amon Murwira and Information, Communication, Technology and Courier Services Cde Kazembe Kazembe were also on hand to give valuable advice to the selected beneficiaries.
“I am pleased that the programme provides a vital link between classroom learning and the type of real life situations students will face after graduation,” said Cde Murwira.
“It is unfortunate that some young people are abusing ICTs and choosing to peddle falsehoods on various platforms,” said Cde Kazembe.
ICTs transcend borders enabling the communication between people from every corner of the world, helping in the promotion of dialogue and mutual understanding, noted Huawei Technologies Zimbabwe Managing Director Mr Shao Jie while Economic Counsellor At The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Mr Chen Ning stressed the importance of international cooperation.
“The programme will enhance the long standing traditional friendship that has always existed between our two countries for a long time,” said Mr Ning.
Seeds for the Future is enhancing knowledge transfer and improving people’s understanding of and interest in the ICT industry.
To date, the programme has been implemented in more than 60 countries across five continents; benefiting over 15 000 students from more than 150 universities.
In Zimbabwe more than 40 students have participated in the programme.