PRESIDENT Mnangagwa hailed the outstanding Zimbabwean students who hoisted the national flag high in the global moot court competition, saying his administration stands ready to help talented young people ready to take on the world.
The Zimbabwe National High School Moot team, who made history after being crowned world champions in the recently held 2022 International Moot Competitions, were a guest at State House in Harare yesterday and picked up some nuggets of wisdom from the country’s first citizen, himself a champion of youth empowerment and advancement.
President Mnangagwa has always said that his government is committed to creating an enabling environment for young people to thrive, pursue their dreams and earn a decent living.
In this vein, the Second Republic has developed an array of policies designed to promote the advancement of young people and ensure that they lead to the advancement of the country’s development as encapsulated in Vision 2030, for the nation to become an upper middle class economy. .
The key to the nation’s development lies in the young people who have benefited from innovation hubs derived from President Mnangagwa’s vision contained in Education 5.0, which positions higher education institutions as catalysts for problem solving and learning. innovation.
Due to the favorable environment, Zimbabwe was the only African country to have a team at the virtual International Moot Court, where local students came out on top.
Handing over a donation of USD 30,000 to learners who will participate in the European moot court competitions scheduled in Romania from June 25 to July 5, 2022, President Mnangagwa hailed them as good ambassadors for Zimbabwe.
“They had a successful competition with their counterparts around the world and it went really well. They have now been invited to go compete or compete with other colleagues in Europe, in Romania.
“As a government and personally as president, I am very proud that they are raising the flag of Zimbabwe very high. They must feel that the president supports them. I give them US$30,000,” he said.
It was quite an emotional moment for the reigning International Moot Court World Champions, the Zimbabwe National High School Moot team from four high schools including Dominican Convent, Peterhouse, Midlands Christian College and Arundel, as they were given the honor to get a handshake with the president. who they did a photo shoot with.
Team leader Ruvimbo Simbi said Zimbabwe has so much to offer and so much talent that the world knows.
“Meeting the president is amazing, I don’t think anyone dreams of being invited by the president because it’s an honor.
“We are eternally grateful for this opportunity to meet the President. We are grateful for the gift he gave us. We are much more confident knowing that the nation has our backs, Zimbabwe has our backs.
“We will show them that Zimbabwe does not stop at the international tournament. Even in the European moot court competition, we will show them that we have a lot to offer as a country,” she said.
A member of the team, Sharon Marangwanda, said they were well prepared to give their best.
“What we can promise the nation is that when we get to this side, we’re going to hold our flag high and do our best and make this meeting with the president worthwhile,” he said. she declared.
Another member, Karl Makahamadze, said meeting President Mnangagwa was a good experience. “Now that we have support and funding, I’m sure we’ll go out there and do our best to win the competition. With all this support, we can’t disappoint. We had a great time and look forward to it. looking forward to better times ahead,” he said.
Another learner, Chiveyo Mukonoweshuro, said she was very proud and happy to go to Romania not only to raise the flag of Zimbabwe high, but also to learn new skills that will change her life.
“We are very excited and very grateful to the president and all the people who have supported us,” she said.
Another member of the team, Kuzivakwashe Khuleya, said he was proud to represent Zimbabwe again in the Moot national team.
“I never imagined meeting the president of my nation, it has been a wonderful experience,” he said.
The team’s coordinator, the Principal of the Dominican Convent Secondary School, Sister Kudzai Mutsire, said President Mnangagwa’s donation had eased their burden.
“The team will travel on Saturday. As a coordinator of different schools, I am very grateful that the country has come together to ensure that these young men and women travel to represent Zimbabwe and Africa in the upcoming European Moot competitions,” he said. she declared.
Sister Mutsire said the team selection was based on previous competitions both virtually and physically.