‘Schools, colleges and varsities must adopt entrepreneurship to stop churning graduates onto the streets,’ labour expert challenges educationists

By Staff Reporters

THE local education curricula must be tailored to teach entrepreneurship skills from early childhood development (ECD) onwards to prevent colleges and universities from throwing “useless” graduates onto the streets, a human resources expert said.

Philemon Chitagu, immediate past president of the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ), said the labor market lacks job opportunities for graduates from various colleges and universities, so it needs to focus on training primary and secondary school learners to start a business.

“The success of any organization depends on the type of human resources, which then determine a nation’s success,” Chitagu said.

“How many students are coming in and how many jobs do we have on the market? Calculations suggest that approximately 14,000 graduates enter the market each year, a market we all know is stagnant due to the current challenges.

“Now the question is, where do all these people go after they graduate? Do they take to the streets? And if the answer is yes, what are we doing because we have to find a solution, we can’t just know that we’re putting people on the streets.

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“To solve this, one thing comes to mind: entrepreneurship,” said Chitagu, who is also Shweppes’ Human Resources Director.

Chitagu spoke during the annual Champion College speech and awards ceremony day at the Chapman Golf Club in Harare on Sunday.

He added: “To continue our journey, we need to be entrepreneurial and do certain things ourselves. We shouldn’t be there to be employed, but to be employers. Do we want to be an employer? This requires brave, disciplined and humble learners to succeed.”

He also urged learners to use new information and communication technologies (ICT) to remain relevant in the labor market.

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Guest of honor Paida Jakachira, Human Resources and Systems Director at Speedlink Cargo, emphasized that the success of any learner depends on hard work and resilience in the wake of adversity.

She took audiences on her inspirational life journey from humble beginnings in Harare’s densely populated suburb of Glen View to rise to fame
Corporate ladder, where she rubs shoulders with the country’s eminent businessmen.

Jakachira, who is also IPMZ Vice President, urged learners to choose their careers wisely and follow their passion, and urged parents and
Parents to refrain from forcing children into their preferred occupations.

On the same occasion, Tendesai Mushamba, Chief Executive Officer of Champion College, said his institution strives to mold responsible future leaders who are not only academically gifted but socially and morally upright and environmentally conscious.

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With this in mind, Champion College has set up an island along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare where students will plant and care for flowers, led by the City of Harare’s Junior Councilors, namely Miledis Marufu and Moreblessing Nyika, who have motivated others for the environmental awareness campaign .

In recognition of outstanding achievement, the President of the Association of Independent Colleges in Zimbabwe (AICZ), Washington Mahiya, offered an international scholarship to the Principal of Champion College, Wilbert Ndongwe.

Also present at the speech and award ceremony on Sunday were Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) Regional Manager, a Musvipa, Yeukai Gatsi, IPMZ Mashonaland Chair and HR Manager at Toyota Zimbabwe, Mbare District School Inspector (DSI) Chinoona, a Mandiona executive in attendance with Hanawa and Hermish Marwa, who is, among other things, Knockout’s chief executive officer

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