The students at Samahuru Adventist High School in Tsholotsho District in Matabeleland North Province were urged to embrace a spirit of entrepreneurship as they welcome the new curriculum. This was said to them by Mrs. H. Gorowa a business woman who is based in Cowdray Park Bulawayo. She was speaking at the school’s annual Speech and Prize Giving Day held on the 5th of October, 2017 where she was the guest of honour.
With the country revamping its educational curriculum, Mrs. Gorowa stressed that it was of paramount importance for the students to be fully equipped with entrepreneurial skills as they should move away from the notion that work is always about getting employed by someone. She urged the students to be creative and innovative so as to help move the country forward. To further illustrate her point to the students, Mrs. Gorowa quoted Malcolm Gladwell, the author of ‘The Tipping Point’ who suggests that public schools would benefit from a spirit of innovation and rather than one of regimentation.
The event was graced by teachers and heads from neighbouring schools, clinic staff and local leadership such as village heads. Elaborating her sentiments the guest of honour noted that during her school years, some may remember a time when words such as creativity and imagination were an important part of their conversations about teaching, learning and lesson planning. “Gladwell’s call to innovation and experimentation in our schools will lead people to think about the idea of educational entrepreneurship and how supporting a spirit of adventure and risk within boundaries of our public school system may allow us to realise more gains that we were hoping for rather than more of the same like the past two decades of control”, she stressed.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Gorowa pointed out, “There are two words that define the spirit of entrepreneurship: initiative and risk. The entrepreneur has an idea that she believes will work, and is willing to risk the time, the financial and intellectual capital, and his/her personal reputation in order to bring that idea to life”.
In his remarks to his students the school’s head, Mr. Muziwandile Dube encouraged them to value education and to continue working very hard in class. “Tomorrow is built today”, Mr. Dube reminded the students. Samahuru High School is very fortunate having a young and dynamic head in Mr. Dube who is deeply keen on seeing both the school and community develop. Since his arrival at the school in November 2015, he has initiated and completed several projects. He’s very keen on mentoring his students and is passionate about seeing them go to higher levels. Mrs. Gorowa’s words could not have come at a better time than this, as they come when the school is already carrying out an entrepreneurial project to raise chickens for sale with the proceeds being ploughed back to help purchase schools resources. The ‘Hatching Project” will see the students learn skills such as chicken rearing, observation financial and project management.
At the ceremony, some students were awarded prizes for excelling in class, sports, leadership and even good conduct. They walked away with book prizes, T-shirts and certificates. The school’s staff also got small tokens of appreciation for the magnificent service they are doing. The school is also appealing for help in constructing a Science Laboratory in a bid to promote and enhance the proper teaching of Science subjects, a move that would see some students enroll at institutions of higher learning such as the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo. Those willing to assist may get hold of the head Mr. M. Dube at, Cell: 263-(0) 775458720