. . . sends off 49 stu­dents to China

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fidelis Mun­y­oro Chief Re­porter

PRESIDENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day hosted a farewell cer­e­mony at State House for 49 stu­dents who will be leav­ing for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies in China un­der the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme.

The stu­dents who leave to­mor­row will be at Ocean Uni­ver­sity of China in Qing­dao city for the next four years.

Qing­dao Heng­shun Zhong­shen Group availed funds for Zim­bab­wean stu­dents to en­rol at the uni­ver­sity.

President Mu­gabe told the stu­dents who were ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents and guardians to take their stud­ies se­ri­ously.

“Now you are go­ing to learn. Uni­ver­sity is not a place where stu­dents play with the in­ter­net, us­ing their mo­bile phones et cetera. No. This is a place where you go to study se­ri­ously,” said President Mu­gabe.

“So we can say at the end of the day af­ter three or four years well done and your

par­ents will be happy. You will have suc­ceeded in mak­ing them proud.”

The President re­minded the stu­dents to work hard and make the most of the op­por­tu­nity they got to study in China.

“Re­mem­ber as you go to uni­ver­sity that your fi rst con­cern and the per­son you should sat­isfy is your­self,” he said.

“Ask your­self, am I do­ing what I came here for? Or am I do­ing some­thing else. Am I on a track? Am I work­ing hard?

“Dur­ing the fi rst year what have I man­aged to get as the re­sult?”

He said the fi rst year was a cru­cial year as it en­sured that the rest of the road would not be as dif­fi­cult be­cause they would have ac­quired some ex­pe­ri­ence and con­fi­dence.

He said the sec­ond year was usu­ally a walk over, but the third or fi nal year was a dif­fi­cult year as they would be con­clud­ing on some ma­jors or a num­ber of other sub­jects they would have taken.

“Well, the way you study is your own that study is what we ex­pect you to do.”

President Mu­gabe also told the par­ents and guardians that he has as­sumed parent­age of all the stu­dents un­der the Pres­i­den­tial schol­ar­ship.

“Vana venyu vava vana vangu nhasi. Saka ndinoti ndevedu tose. Vaende par­wendo rwokuno­funda. Kumba uko muc­ha­zosara moti aah tasuwa mwana wedu. Ti­nenge tichivimba kuti va­nenge vachiny­or­era ku­musha va­chiti vagere zvakanaka.

“Asi ha­tidi kuti kana masvika ikoko mochemera variku­musha ayewa. Zvichemo zvi­nouya kuna vaMushohwe ava neni. Ha­tidi kun­zwa vanochemera van­ababa nana amai aiwa! Muno­vatadzisa kurima. Haiwa, han­d­i­fungi kuti muri­vana vane mis­odzi. Han­disikuona mis­odzi pa­matama. Ndirikuona matama kuzvim­birira kuseka. Aaa ndoz­vakanaka,” he said.

President Mu­gabe said they were sup­posed to send 50 stu­dents, but one girl could not make it aft er she fell preg­nant.

The stu­dents’ repre­san­tive Ku­dak­washe Mushunje thanked President Mu­gabe for his de­sire to ed­u­cate the youths who are fu­ture lead­ers of to­mor­row.

“As youths we have learnt that our President is a prin­ci­pled leader and we have mas­tered this value. We will re­main res­o­lute and prin­ci­pled in our stud­ies,” said Mushunje.

She also hailed In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe and his team for mak­ing their dreams come true by af­ford­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue their stud­ies in China.

She also com­mended Qing­dao Heng­shun Zhong­shen Group for in­vest­ing in the African child.

The Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe Mr Huang Ping also thanked the com­pany for be­ing con­sis­tent in fulfi lling its pledge to pro­vide schol­ar­ships to Zim­bab­weans youths to study in china and fur­ther do­nat­ing $2 mil­lion to build schools in the coun­try.

He also con­grat­u­lated t he stu­dents who ben­e­fited from the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme and urged them to work hard so that when they come back home t hey can de­velop t he coun­try.

Qing­dao Heng­shun Zhong­shen Group be­came the fi rst pri­vate com­pany to part­ner the Gov­ern­ment in fund­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Scheme, which has ben­e­fited more than 20 000 un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents since its in­cep­tion in 1995.

One of the guardians Mrs Lucy Kaela was over­whelmed that her nephew got the op­por­tu­nity to go and study com­puter sciences at the Uni­ver­sity.

“It came as a suprise and bless­ing to the fam­ily con­sid­er­ing that we had failed to help the child to go to Uni­ver­sity aft er he at­tained 15 points in science sub­jects.

“Ichi ndi­cho chi­nonzi chisakam­boitika chaitika mudunhu,” said Mrs Kaela.

She said the boy lost both par­ents at a very ten­der age and they have been look­ing af­ter him.

— (Pic­ture by Chief Pho­tog­ra­pher Be­lieve Nyakud­jara)

President Mu­gabe is taken through the in­au­gu­ral bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion ( BVR) process by Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion com­puter tech­ni­cian Noel Shumba at State House in Harare yes­ter­day, mark­ing the com­mence­ment of voter reg­is­tra­tion ahead of the 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

— (Pic­ture by Be­lieve Nyakud­jara)

President Mu­gabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mu­gabe greet China- bound stu­dents, who are benefi cia­ries of the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ships Pro­gramme at the send- off cer­e­mony at State House in Harare yes­ter­day.

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