The School of Hospitality and Tourism (Schoto) in Bulawayo has spread its tentacles to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region after enrolling eight students from Malawi.
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Schoto is a division of the Bulawayo Polytechnic and is the biggest hotel school in Zimbabwe. Innocent Nezunagi, the school’s director, said the eight Malawians who arrived on Sunday would train for a year.
“We have students from Malawi who arrived on Sunday. We are going to train them as Bulawayo Polytechnic under our School of Hospitality and Tourism,” he said.
“As we speak right now some of our colleagues are taking them through the paces where they are being inducted into the system and the community of Bulawayo as a whole.”
He said the students were already employed by Sunbird Hotels in Malawi.
“The group that we are having from Malawi are students from our counterparts in the region Sunbird Hotels,” Nezunagi said.
“They have more than enough employees who are working in their systems having qualified in other programmes, but they saw it wise and fit to bring in their students to come and learn more skills in Zimbabwe since we have proved ourselves to be an institution of excellence as far as tourism and hospitality are concerned.”
As part of the induction, the Malawians would read Ndebele language short courses. They would also be attached to local hotels for at least three months as part of their training.
Schoto said it would take advantage of Zimbabwe’s leadership of Sadc to expand in the region.
President Robert Mugabe took over as Sadc chairperson on Sunday and would be at the helm of the regional block for one year.