‘Introduce entrepreneurial skills in schools’

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GOVERNMENT, parents and teachers have been urged to embrace entrepreneurial skills for schoolgoing children starting from Early Child Development (ECD- Grade 0) up to Upper 6 level students.

LIZZY KUTYAURIPO
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at the ongoing stakeholders’ breakfast meeting on schools curricular review on Monday, the principal business development officer in the Ministry of Small to Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development, Memory Mtetwa said there was need to adopt the catch-them-young concept.

“The mindset is the garden which we use to cultivate innovation and creativity so there is need to train entrepreneurial skills in schools starting with the junior level. Children must be taught on how to save money while they are still young, starting from the little money that we give them every day as pocket money,” Mtetwa said.

She said teachers should encourage pupils to form groups and assist them in coming up with income generating projects or savings club so that they adopt the entrepreneurship concept.

Speaking at the same occasion, advocacy officer for the Bankers’ Association of Zimbabwe Clive Mphambela said the country’s financial literacy levels were dismally low as youths fail to manage their acquired loans thus fail to repay them.

“It is sad that most of the children do not have a bank account and only make efforts to have a bank account when they get employed. There is need for money management courses to be introduced in schools. Savings clubs must be reintroduced so that they are trained in business management skills such as marketing, record keeping, costing and stock control,” Mphambela said.

In his address, Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora said the curriculum review was crucial for Zimbabwe, as his ministry sought more changes in patterns and demands of employment, employment creation and entrepreneurship.

Other breakfast meetings on curriculum review are going to
be conducted in Gweru, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mutare.

Stakeholders such as parents, chiefs, headman, businesspeople and the community at large are going to be involved in the consultations that have been lined up by the ministry.

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