DAPP Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of Education running under the theme, “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. The day is celebrated in the wake of Covid -19 which has greatly disrupted the education sector and other sectors in general due to lockdowns.
Celebrated annually on the 24th of January, DAPP Zimbabwe acknowledges the importance of inclusive and equitable access to quality education to improve youth employability, reduce poverty and achieve socio-economic development.
DAPP pledges to play its role in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. DAPP through Ponesai Vanhu Technical College promotes skills development for girls, youth from low income backgrounds and youths living with disabilities through offering short and long term practical courses. The courses on offer were designed after an extensive market research to ensure skills match labour market demand and realities.
The reality on the ground
Like many institutions around the world, PVTC faced many challenges including school closures. To ensure delivery of education during the Covid -19 pandemic PVTC adopted alternatives learning platforms such as online platforms and smaller learning groups. However, the hands-on practical skills trainings as well as work based training were affected due to nationwide lockdowns leading to delays in completion of courses and student drop outs.
Vision for the future of education
Looking to the future, DAPP Zimbabwe envisions a world where Governments, Education sector players, Private sector and Policy makers and other key players comes together to share knowledge, experiences and best practices to build resilience against future shocks and mitigate COVID-19 impacts. Our vision is to see youths from margined remote parts of the country have equitable access to TVET for all programs through Public Private Partnerships.