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4-H Zimbabwe hosts Provincial school debates jam - Bulawayo

4-H Zimbabwe Foundation hosted a debate jam in Bulawayo Province. 12 schools attended the competition with the Junior President and Junior Parliamentarians taking part. The event was graced by the office of the  Hon Minister of State Affairs for Bulawayo Province, Judith Ncube. The main issues discussed were :

1. New curriculum

2. Command Agriculture

3. Climate change

4. Issues affecting children at schools

The government has committed to avail school buses for the school children : https://www.chronicle.co.zw/government-to-avail-buses-for-school-children/

Government to avail buses for school children : 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation advocates for children's rights in schools

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/government-to-avail-buses-for-school-children/

The Chronicle

Government to avail buses for school children
9 hours ago


Chronicle Reporter

GOVERNMENT is working on availing special buses to transport children to school and back in response to a request by junior Parliamentarians.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister, Judith Ncube, said pupils need special buses so that they arrive at school and return home on time.

In a speech read on her behalf by Mrs Agnes Makoni, a deputy director in her office during the 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation organised debate on challenges faced by school pupils, Cde Ncube said an efficient transport system for school pupils was crucial.


Junior Parliamentarians and pupils from 10 schools from Bulawayo participated in the debate.

Minister Ncube said Government was committed to upholding the children’s rights hence it was working on addressing their concerns.

“We believe that for a country to have a brighter future there is need to guarantee the liberties and rights of our young people. In Zimbabwe the youths have not been left out but there has been direct involvement of young people through the junior Parliament. The issues they have raised at provincial level which include the availing of special school buses for school pupils will soon be addressed,” she said.

Minister Ncube said young people should take agriculture seriously because it was the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy.


She said she was happy that through the 4- H Zimbabwe Foundation, children had taken keen interest in the country’s development.

“I’m delighted that as youths you have taken it upon yourselves to raise awareness on the evils of corruption. It is a vice that needs collective effort to address. This initiative by 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation to equip the young generation with the right mind-set, is progressive and should be encouraged,” she said.

Minister Ncube said Government on its part was committed to fighting corruption hence the many arrests that include high profile individuals

She said the establishment of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission was proof enough that Government wants to rid the country of corruption.

“ I have noted that your organisation introduced the concept of school gardens as a way of generating an interest in agriculture. Such kind of programmes will go a long way in complementing Government efforts to promote agricultural production. I have also noted that the founder of 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation is a serious farmer who got an award as a National Young Champion Farmer of the year 2019 and the Board Chairperson – Mrs Wendy Madzura won the best woman in Agriculture for 2019. These are the kind of people we need as a nation who have passion for agriculture at a young age,” said Minister Ncube.

Founding director of 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation Mr John Muchenje said his organisation wants to change the young people’s perception of farming as a career.


“We are starting school gardens working with Agritex and other Government departments to impart agricultural knowledge,” he said.

During the debate Christian Brothers College were the overall winners and walked away with a trophy and $1 200 while Sizane High School and Gifford High School came second and third respectively pocketing $800 and $500.

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4-H Zimbabwe Foundation Agric-club cabbage planting session : Rising Star Academy

4-H Zimbabwe Foundation Rising Star Academy in Harare Province planted cabbages with the technical assistance from 4-H Zimbabwe secretariat. The school children started planting on their own after demonstration - thus - learn by doing approach. Children will be learning as they do agricultural practical sessions with the assistance from 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation. 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation shall provide the technical and resource support until they have harvested the crop and secure the market. The 4-H Zim Agric - club secretary and Treasurer will record all the donated materials and cost them so that we calculate the profit at the end of the sale - thus the agri-business concept we want to instil in the young generation. The concept will teach young people to consider agriculture as a business hence lure them to participate in the agric sector as we are working towards zero tolerance to hunger.

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4-H Zimbabwe launches 3rd Agric-school club in Mashonaland Central

4-H Zimbabwe has established and launched another school Agric-club in Mashonaland Central (Mazowe District) at Oldbury Primary school. 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation, Vice Chairperson - Mr Collins Chizhande explained to the school children the importance of soil testing and interpret the soil results which was taken from the school garden. The National Director for 4-H Zimbabwe said, "In line with our recently launched 3 - year strategic document we planned to work with school children throughout the country in all ten (10) provinces nurturing and change the attitudes of young generation towards agriculture. School children will be nurtured on best agricultural practices and agri-business concept. School children should appreciate the importance of agriculture hence need for them to be nurtured at a tender age. 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation will work with developmental partners on securing the starter kits for the school gardens and also Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement (Agritex Officers) to provide free guidance and technical advice to the school clubs.

4-H Zimbabwe will facilitate exchange programs for the school children with Young Champion Farmers in respect districts as a way of motivating and inspiring children to consider agriculture as a business, source of living and employment creation.

 

4-H Zimbabwe Foundation Three (3) year strategic document Launch : 15 November 2019

4-H Zimbabwe Foundation will be launching its three (3) year strategic document on the 15th of November 2019. Major highlights on the thematic areas;

(a) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security,

(b) STEM,

(c) Health living and environment,

(d) Global exchange

(e) 4-H Career support. 

 

Inserted by : 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation Information Desk

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4-H Zimbabwe Strategic Workshop

4-H Zimbabwe Strategic Planning Workshop. Various stakeholders meet today to come up with a 3 year strategy for the organization. In attendance was Child President - HE Jnr Mukudzeishe Madzivire, Zimbabwe Youth Council and various Ministries representatives including Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture Water Climate and Rural Resettlement.

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