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Adventist College of Education

Siyabonga Sayi

GWERU
- The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Develop-ment, Professor Amon Murwira on Saturday last week officially opened the first building of the Adventist College of Education and reiterated government commitment to help the institution.
The building comprises a lecture theatre, six lecture rooms and two offices and will enroll its first batch of students this year.  
Murwira, who was accompanied by the permanent secretary in his ministry Dr Desire Sibanda and other dignitaries, assured the SDA church that government will give any kind of support possible.
"As government we have already started mobilising resources to assist all tertiary institutions and this college will not be left out in that programme; you have our support," said Murwira.
He challenged the SDA-run college to formulate a good curriculum, saying there was no better way of fighting the country's developmental deficiencies than education.
"We don't have a brain to waste; our education should be inclusive and empower our people. We don't want a curriculum that produces people who speak fluently yet remain unproductive. This institution, therefore, should have a responsive curriculum; one that enhances us as the people of Zimbabwe", Murwira said.
SDA national leader Dr Micah Choga said it had always been the goal of the church since the 1990s to have a college of education.
"We have always wanted to build a college that trains teachers. It was actually a misnomer that we did not have a college of our own when we have so many schools," said Choga.
SDA education department head Dr Felix Njini said the church will work to produce God-fearing professionals.
"We want to thank government for the support they have been giving us since 2015 when this project was initiated. The government took this project as theirs and pushed us towards the suc-cess we are celebrating today.
"This college, like all our institutions of education, will produce teachers that are not only highly qualified, but are God-fearing. Our approach to education is holistic and is one that empowers the physical, mental and spiritual aspect of an individual," said Njini.education

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