Education in Zimbabwe
As we look to a brighter and more hopeful future for Zimbabwe, ensuring all children receive an equal education is key to reducing unemployment and inequality. The Jesuits have been present in Zimbabwe since the late 19th century, and the provision of education has always been central to their mission. Father Joe Arimoso SJ, who is today responsible for education in the province, manages an operation which educates 18, 000 pupils in Zimbabwe each year.
“We are interested in our students as individuals, we want to see them become adults who don’t just care about their fellow Zimbabweans, but actively strive to make their country and the world a better place for everyone,” says Fr Joe.
“We train the intellect and the heart. When they leave our schools, they need the right skills and attitudes to make a living in Zimbabwe.”
At the Jesuit technical college in Kubatana, young people are learning skills that will give them a greater chance of gaining employment and earning a decent living wage. The college trains builders, carpenters, electricians and caterers who can serve the surrounding residential areas. Recent college graduates have helped to construct a clinic and a youth centre.
“It is true that we have high literacy rates in the country,” says Fr Joe, “but the economic woes of the last decade have led to huge inequality and mass unemployment. There is a real danger that those in the poorest communities are being left far behind. This is why the work of places like the Kubatana technical college are so important.”
As well as supporting Kubatana, Jesuit Missions has provided hundreds of books for students throughout Zimbabwe, and provided further training for local teachers. But we would like to do more.
With your help, we can continue to help fund this technical college giving more students the opportunity to learn skills that will open doors to employment which is so critical at this time.