We want to establishtraining centers to enable children and young people to acquire practical skills and thus the means of later earning a living, during and after school. There is no vocational training system in Zimbabwe as we know it. After finishing school students can continue to attend either university or college, depending on their educational attainment. In both cases, however, this involves substantial fees, which the vast majority of the population cannot afford to pay. As a result, most children and young people are failing to learn practical skills in order to earn a living from later employment or self-employment which would enable them to provide for themselves and their families. The government has therefore initiated a low-threshold training programme, called “Hexco”, for pupils to be trained in practical skills in addition to attending secondary school. However, as many of the secondary schools do not have the resources and teaching staff to provide this programme, it is in most cases falling by the wayside. Zimbabwe Advivia therefore wants to focus more on the implementation of training courses in the future.
The areas of training are to include vocational skills
- in carpentry
- in construction
- in textile processing
- in agriculture and animal husbandry.
The training centre is taking shape.
The team from Zimbabwe is busygathering all the information and documentation that is needed for establishing a training centre. For the 15 hectares of land in Mushandike, a well-thought-out development and use plan has to be drawn up. An architect has been found and the construction plans have already been drawn up.
The land, which is covered with trees and shrubs, must be cleared in the next step.
A well has already been drilled. This well is not adequate for the large area, because cultivation and cattle breeding will be part of the training programme in the future. Therefore, it will be necessary to drill a further well.
Agriculture and livestock farming
Agricultural cultivation is a fundamentally important area for the people. Due to climate change, the basic conditions for cultivation have changed a great deal. Every year Zimbabwe is fearful whether enough rain will fall. It will therefore be particularly important to adapt the training programme to the changing weather conditions.
Since meat is generally eaten in Zimbabwe, livestock farming is a promising source of income. Whether a chicken, pig, goat or cow is bought is determined by the financial resources.
Chicken farming is a lucrative business in Zimbabwe because chicken meat is the most affordable. On some plots in the towns and countryside one sees small and larger chicken sheds. Whoever can, breeds animals and sells them. Thus training is helpful… 14.07.2020
Our projects are financed by donations. Donations to the training centre in Zimbabwe can be transferred to the following account:
DE83 1005 0000 0190 7302 42
Zimbabwe Training Centre
For donations of up to €200, the evidence of transfer can be used to document the payment as a donation in the (German) tax return. For higher amounts and, if desired, also for lower payments, please let us have your name and address so that we can issue you with a donation certificate.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all donors.