Moyo commends Danhiko College
HIGHER and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo on Thursday commended Danhiko Industrial Training College for producing graduates who become innovators and vocation creators.
He said this at the 13th graduation and prize-giving ceremony at the college, where 103 graduated.
Of these, 56 received certificates or diplomas in Information Technology, Industrial Clothing Design Technology, Industrial Machine mechanics, electrical engineering and wood technology while 47 were trained in interpreting.
Prof Moyo said he was pleased that skilled people who had graduated from Danhiko College had taken up gainful self employment while others had become pioneering entrepreneurs nationally and beyond.
“Our Ministry has observed with satisfaction that Danhiko Industrial Training College continues to maintain a convenient user friendly and inclusive learning environment where training is focused mainly on the project or research component of training with the necessary infusion of psychomotor component to address real practical problems in the productive and service industries.
“The Ministry developed the draft Inclusive Education Policy in 2015 to provide a framework for increasing access to higher and tertiary education by all learners including those living with physical disabilities,” he said.
Prof Moyo said the policy was crafted when all sectors in Zimbabwe were being guided by the economic blue print Zim-Asset.
The Inclusive Education Policy seeks to increase access to higher and tertiary education by all people including the girl child and people living with disabilities, to integrate principles and values of inclusivity into higher education and training and create conducive education and training environment responsive to the needs of all learners for their benefit and that of the nation.
“The inclusive education policy places learners at the centre of all teaching and learning. It is hoped by creating conducive environments the learners will develop norms and values that enable them to solve challenges and create tangible goods and services for their benefit and for the benefit of the generality of the population,” he said.
According to the Disability Act, a minimum of 10 percent of the student population in all institutions should be reserved for learners or people with disabilities.
“I am reliably informed that in line with your mandate industrial skills training programmes to the physically challenged the socio economically disadvantaged and the society as a whole have been at the core of your programmes.
“Adaptive mentorship, entrepreneurship initiatives and partnerships with companies like Bata, Kingfisher Textiles Schweppes among others have enabled you to keep afloat despite the trying economic times,” he said.