Ten Zimbabwean students will turn the silicon valley dream into reality as the ministry of higher and tertiary , Science and Technology development tonight availed the names of winning students and schools under the STEM prize draw ceremony held at the Rainbow hotel in Bulawayo.
Under the same prize draw ceremony, government through the ministry of higher and tertiary science and technology which has set $800 for STEM development availed $1000 000 to one of the local schools, Stemitised 30 seater school bus, 100 laptops and 100 tablets.
By Toneo T Rutsito
Speaking during the official launch of the award ceremony, the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Phekezela Mphoko said that the STEM program is indeed Born out the vision enunciated by the president of Zimbabwe to empower local players.
There is need to equip learners with knowledge and values that guarantees economic growth and increase opportunities that create employment, well rounded citizens who are relevant nationally competitive globally.
The Vice president reiterated on the need to continuously invest in research and development while catching the students young to foster the spirit and culture of technology entrepreneurs.
Without research there is no technology and without technology there is no meaningful value addition to our national resources and this remains us rich on paper while we remain poor.
The evening event saw serious support from senior government officials and critical stakeholders while other government ministers like Hon Saviour Kasukuwere, Hon Chris Mushowe and the Host prof Jonathan were actively involved to make the event a success.
The minister of Higher and tertiary Prof Jonathan Moyo said that he was worried about the number of students studying Science which is mainly caused by lack of science education at lower levels creating a serious bottleneck and said the students will be trained for 7 years under the stematisation period.
The ministry of higher and tertiary science and technology development, is currently paying tuition, levy and boarding fees for 2016 lower 6 students, the vision is to increase the number of A level students on Science and technology in preparation to their entry into university.
Tonight 10 national provinces received a total of 100 laptops, 100 ipads, and one lucky school got the 30 seater bus worth a total of $80 000, which was selected through a random raffle under tight watch and transparency by various stakeholders
Another school scooped $100 000 cash while ten students one from each province are going to silicon valley to get a hands on live appreciation of the global home of technology .