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    Bishop Bhasera hails STEM at Bondolfi teachers’ graduation



    TAWANDA HOMBA

    BONDOLFI -Some 633 students have graduated from Bondolfi Teachers' College at a prize giving day ceremony held at the campus last Friday.
    The Dean of Faculty of Education at the University of Zimbabwe, Oswell Hapanyengwi said it was important for institutions to produce students with a sense of morality inculcated by Christian values and ethos as this made a complete human being. 
    Bondolfi is a Christian college run by the Roman Catholic Church.
    "We all must cherish and uphold Christian principles as given to us by our greatest teacher and philosopher of all times ever to grace our planet, Jesus Christ. The need for research and publishing is exacerbated by the need to teach local languages in our curriculum as provided for in the constitution of Zimbabwe.
    "You will find that there is a dearth of teaching and learning material published in these languages heightening the need to produce relevant material to meet our own needs,'' said Hapanyengwi.
    The head of Roman Catholic Church in Masvingo Diocese, Bishop Michael Bhasera was the guest of honour and he spoke on the theme; Unlocking capital potential for scientific and technological development in teacher education and hailed the STEM programme.
    He said the STEM programme was critical to Zimbabwe and failure to master science and technology implies dismal failure for the country in the merging post-industrial and information revolution that has swept across the globe.
    "America is a superpower today because she has been able to transfer her science into technology and Zimbabwe can do the same through effective and efficient development of STEM human capital," said Bishop Bhasera.
    Turning to the relevance of  Catholic Education, Bishop Bhasera said students at the tertiary institutions learn to be accommodative of each other and exercise a great deal of tolerance that inculcates a spirit of working together.
    He said that the graduates are people who yearn to live in communities of justice and peace and they also become good leaders.
    Bondolfi principal Kumbirayi Chitsama said students acquired commendable hands-on experiences and exposure in STEM disciplines such as ICT ,E.S ,Home Economics , Art and Design  and NASS.
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