VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko has applauded the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for the progress made in implementing the new curriculum which embraces sport, science, arts and culture as key components of the education sector.
The new curriculum emphasises the need to create an environment where students can fully develop academically, in sports and artistic skills.
In a speech read on his behalf by Minister of State in his office, Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga during the official opening of the first edition of the National Annual Science, Sport and Arts Festival, Vice-President Mphoko said science, arts and sport are an essential package of the total development of learners.
“I am pleased that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has taken time to demonstrate on the milestones achieved in the implementation of the new curriculum.
“Whilst it is quite commendable that Sport, Science and Arts in Zimbabwe have a long tradition and has produced many world renowned names and personalities, but the module you have initiated this time around, will take Zimbabwe to greater heights.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I view science, arts and sport as an essential package for the total development of our learners. It is pleasing to note that our schools have positively responded to the needs of learners and embarked on nurturing endowed skills, utilising locally available resources within their school community.
“As a result, new disciplines such as rugby, hitherto unknown mostly in the rural schools have been introduced and thus, making the whole process more exciting and rewarding,” Mphoko.
The Vice-President encouraged various stakeholders — arts and sports institutions, public and private sector partners to continually engage schools for the development of art and sport.
The festival running under the theme “Unlocking learner potential through the New Curriculum” began on Saturday and runs until tomorrow, with Thursday set as the departure day for participants to their respective provinces.
The event is part of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s new curriculum which aims at making an all rounded person out of students through encouraging to take up non-academic skills.
Participants drawn from primary and secondary schools are showcasing their talents in the various facets — science, sport and arts.
And it began at cluster level, then district and provincial, which culminated into the national festival.
Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora said the festival is an opportunity to learn and sustain desired learner exit profiles.
“The Ministry considers these festivals as tools that provide opportunities to grow and sustain desired learner exit profiles. The festivals are a platform that celebrates and represents the Zimbabwean culture and traditions and will be invaluable in enhancing learners’ career development.
“The annual Science, Sport and Arts Festivals create space for the learners to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes in independent, practical and transformative way. Participation in the festivals creates opportunities for learners to be competitive at domestic level as well as regional and international levels in sport, science and arts activities.
“NASSAF is a critical component of the curriculum framework 2015-2022 and is intended to provide learners with a holistic quality education that is competence-based and which broadens the career options for learners either as employees and employers,” said Dokora.
Earlier on, Dokora had visited some of the cultural and science exhibitions at Girls High School before proceeding to the National Sports Stadium, demonstrations in different disciplines including athletics took place.
The opening was also graced by Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane, deputy minister in the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry Professor Paul Mavima and permanent secretary Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango as well as Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development permanent secretary Professor Francis Gudyanga.