Pro­tes­tors blasted

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“Of course they tell us next sea­son will be bet­ter we will have rains. We all have to work to­gether be­cause the drought is not man made. Some­times it’s too much rain, floods.”

Turn­ing to the Zim­bab­wean stu­dents, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the coun­try’s foray into the Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties spoke vol­umes of the re­spect Zim­babwe had for China’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem which had cat­a­pulted the Asian coun­try from an un­der­de­vel­oped to a highly de­vel­oped in­dus­trial one and the se­cond largest econ­omy in the world.

“It is even poised to be­come the largest econ­omy in the world, thanks to its huge in­vest­ment in hu­man cap­i­tal and tech­nol­ogy. We wish to fol­low in China’s foot­steps.

“You are go­ing to China with all our bless­ings, know­ing quite well that you will be our good am­bas­sadors. Re­main dis­ci­plined and fo­cused on your stud­ies and you shall surely suc­ceed,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe thanked the spon­sors of the schol­ar­ships, Chi­nese Com­pany, The Qing­dao Heng­shun Zhong­shen Group.

In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme, Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe, said ini­tially 50 stu­dents would ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme and the num­ber would in­crease to 100 stu­dents per year.

“We have 14 stu­dents who are leav­ing for China from Mashona­land East, nine from Mashona­land Cen­tral, Man­i­ca­land seven, Mashona­land West six, Mata­bele­land South four, Masvingo four, Mid­lands three and Bulawayo, Mata­bele­land North and Harare con­trib­uted one stu­dent each.

“The dis­tri­bu­tion is like that be­cause the se­lec­tion

was done by pro­fes­sors from Ocean Univer­sity. This was the out­come of the in­ter­views,” he said.

Heng­shun Zhong­shen Group vice pres­i­dent Mr Jian Chen said the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme, which was the wise de­ci­sion of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, of­fered an op­por­tu­nity for as­pir­ing young stu­dents from poor fam­i­lies to achieve their life chang­ing dreams.

“Since its estab­lish­ment, Heng­shun Zhong­shen has pur­sued the en­ter­prise cul­ture of grate­ful­ness, and ac­tively per­forms its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity while seek­ing en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment.”

“So far, we have con­trib­uted funds to the con­struc­tion of five pri­mary schools in China, ben­e­fit­ing more than 2 000 un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents. Our cor­po­rate cul­ture is aligned with the spirit of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme,” he said.

Mr Chen said each year his com­pany would pro­vide sub­si­dies for 50 to 100 out­stand­ing Zim­bab­wean stu­dents to study in China un­til grad­u­a­tion.

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