As a follow up to the broader thrust of government efforts to enhance technology adoption within Zimbabwe and the schools in particular government officially opened twenty two technology centers in Bulawayo metropolitan province today.
Government emphasised thier commitment to see to the development of the technology sector as it remained the backbone of the new industrial development age.
The Director General of POTRAZ Gift Machengete, emphasised that “Because ICTs and the Internet are the bedrock of the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon which future life changing technologies will ride, we have no option but to adopt ICTs with haste. There is no better strategy for this than to teach our children ICTs in schools as we “Catch them Young”, hence the launch of the twenty – two (22) Computer Labs we have witnessed today.”
The Commissioning of a staggering twenty-two (22) school computer laboratories in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province by the Honourable Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services today, is testimony of Government’s commitment to the attainment of a digital economy and a knowledge society for all Zimbabweans.
POTRAZ emphasised thier focus on the young pupils as driven by the need to create a technologically conscious generation to guarantee Zimbabwe’s compliance to the growing technological demands.
“While Government’s ICT access and use programs are targeting all Zimbabweans young and old, there has been a deliberate focus on pupils as we believe in preparing young people for a digital economy, we believe in preparing young people for jobs of the future which would require extensive knowledge of ICTs and ICT applications, we believe in preparing young people to compete in the global village – a global village controlled by artificial intelligence, robotic, virtual reality, blockchain and big data, which, as our future leaders, they should be well versed with.” Machengete emphasised.
The program was noted as hinged on the thrust of government to develop livilihood standards through the digital economy for both rural and urban populations.
“Government’s ICT development programs also stem from the realisation that effective participation in the digital economy is critical in improving the quality of life for all – those in cities and towns and those in rural areas alike.” The POTRAZ Director General further emphasised.
Ladies and gentlemen, His Excellency the President recognises the importance of the Internet and its transformative benefits to national development, hence Government’s focus on various ICT development initiatives meant at accelerating the country’s economic development.
The Commissioning of the Bulawayo labs follows last week’s commissioning of twelve (12) School ICT Labs in Masvingo rural and Gutu Districts among other continuing innovations.