Econet part­ners AU in El­e­vate Youth ini­tia­tive

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LEAD­ING mo­bile net­work provider, Econet’s youth em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme, El­e­vate Club, in part­ner­ship with Africa Uni­ver­sity launched the El­e­vate Youth i5 Club at a cer­e­mony held last week at the in­sti­tu­tion.

The launch event for­mally marked the com­ing of the El­e­vate youth pro­gramme to Man­i­ca­land.

Speak­ing at the event, Econet chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Mr Fayaz King, paid trib­ute to the var­sity’s ef­forts to house the El­e­vate Youth i5 Club which would serve as a satel­lite of the El­e­vate youth pro­gramme.

“I am in­spired by Africa Uni­ver­sity’s fore­sight in build­ing the i5 Hub be­cause I be­lieve that the time to in­vest in the fu­ture of our con­ti­nent is now. Today we are here plant­ing trees, and the shade will be the in­no­va­tions that you, the youth, will gen­er­ate,” he said.

He said Econet chose Africa Uni­ver­sity be­cause of “the in­no­va­tion, the tal­ent and the ideas we are con­vinced are al­ready here”. The event was at­tended by scores of stu­dents from Africa Uni­ver­sity as well as Mary­mount Teach­ers Col­lege, Mutare Poly and Hartzell High School. Mr King said he be­lieved in­no­va­tion was ev­ery­thing.

“You need to in­no­vate and dis­rupt the cur­rent sta­tus-quo and find new ways of do­ing things,” he said, chal­leng­ing the stu­dents and young peo­ple to take charge of their fu­ture and be Africa’s next gen­er­a­tion of trail­blaz­ers.

Econet launched El­e­vate Youth Club early last year in a de­vel­op­ment aimed to cre­ate youth em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties by sup­port­ing young peo­ple with life skills and busi­ness men­tor­ship, as well as to equip them with en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

The Uni­ver­sity’s i5 Hub – now home of the El­e­vate Youth i5 Club on cam­pus – was built around the five pil­lars namely idea gen­er­a­tion, in­cu­ba­tion, in­no­va­tion, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

It was es­tab­lished in Septem­ber last year in re­sponse to the needs of thou­sands of grad­u­ates and en­ter­pris­ing young Zim­bab­weans in need of the op­por­tu­nity to bring their ideas to a place where they could be re­fined, in­cu­bated and trans­formed into im­ple­mentable busi­ness ini­tia­tives.

Speak­ing at the same event, AU Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Mu­nashe Fu­rusa, hailed the part­ner­ship be­tween the learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion and Econet’s youth pro­gramme say­ing it was founded on mu­tual in­ter­ests be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Our part­ner­ship with El­e­vate and Econet is born out of a com­mon in­ter­est in im­pact­ing and in­spir­ing the fu­ture of Africa, which is the youth. Africa Uni­ver­sity has taken the bold and con­scious de­ci­sion to be­come the hub of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and knowl­edge-gen­er­a­tion within Africa and the re­gion. This part­ner­ship is in­spired by our be­lief in the fu­ture and the re­newed op­ti­mism and con­fi­dence sweep­ing across Africa,” he said.

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