The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) scooped the award for the best exhibition in the education and training category at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) for its innovative and ultra-modern exhibition stand which was the star attraction at the international trade showcase.
The magnitude of this achievement is huge and is made even more remarkable by the fact that the education and training category at ZITF is fiercely contested as it comprises all universities, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, teachers colleges and all other tertiary institutions. The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education have won gold in the previous five editions.
Hon. Minister, Dr. E. Ndlovu and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs T. Thabela received the award from President ED Mnangagwa on behalf of the Ministry during the official opening of the country’s prime trade and investment expo.
Speaking after receiving the award which comprised a floating trophy, gold medal and a certificate, a visibly elated Dr. Ndlovu congratulated the Ministry team which was working on the exhibitions and encouraged the whole Ministry to be spurred by this achievement and aim for greater achievements in line with its mandate.
“This is a great moment for the Ministry and I am encouraging you to continue striving to achieve the best. Lets continue to think outside the box,” said the Hon. Minister.
Commenting on the exhibition stand, Dr. Ndlovu said she felt the Ministry would win the moment she set her sight on the innovative design.
“When I saw those big books I was so excited and I felt that I am going to win,” quipped Dr. Ndlovu.
Besides the innovative design, the Ministry, which was exhibiting under the theme, “Competence-based Curriculum: Enhancing Value Chains for Economic Development through Re-thinking, Re-imagining and Re-inventing”, had on display a number of artifacts and models created by learners as part of the continuous assessment learning activities (CALAs).
The MoPSE stand was a star attraction at the trade event, with the Ministry showcasing its services and some of the latest digital learning platforms including the Learning Passport which was developed in collaboration with Microsoft and UNICEF.
High profile visitors to the MOPSE stand included among others, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Professor Paul Mavima and Deputy Chief Secretary in the President’s Office for the Social services Sector.