Students urged to venture into self-help projects


BULAWAYO provincial education director Dan Moyo has urged students to be involved in self-help projects that include candle making as that is in line with the much-touted ZimAsset.


In a speech read on his behalf on Wednesday by an official from his office during an annual one-day youth expo organised by Lead Us Today, Moyo said the self-help projects were very crucial in society and students should embrace them.

Lead Us Today is a non-governmental organisation that currently works with more than 300 high school students in Bulawayo, Esigodini and Gweru with an aim to inspire and motivate young people.

“Some of the examples of projects that students shall display are candle making, distribution of solar lanterns and making uniforms for students in rural areas.

“They promote self-reliance, self-dependence, self-ownership, self-sustenance and boost confidence among the students. This is in line with the ZimAsset blueprint document,” Moyo said.

ZimAsset is a five-year (2013 to 2018) economic blueprint extracted from the Zanu PF election manifesto that focuses on four pillars — food security and nutrition, social services and poverty reduction, infrastructure and utilities and value addition and beneficiation.

The government requires at least $27 billion to fund projects under ZimAsset, and it has been struggling to attract the required funding largely due to policy inconsistences.

It has become the norm for government officials to rope in ZimAsset aims at every gathering.

Last Saturday, Senior Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said the 2014 African Union Sports Council Region V Youth Games to be hosted in Bulawayo “will bring a mixed package for Zimbabwe in terms of the refurbishment of sporting facilities, sports tourism and jobs for the people of Bulawayo and Zimbabwe, this all coinciding with government’s economic blue print ZimAsset, part of whose thrust is to create economic growth through recreational activities such as sports”.