First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa Tuesday was in Matabeleland where she officiated an event to offer open learning to women and girls in Matabeleland North Province.
The initiative is a partnership between the First Lady’s Angel of Hope Foundation and the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) which will offer various courses for free.
Matabeleland North becomes the country’s first rural province to benefit from the partnership which has been launched in Harare and Bulawayo.
ZOU lecturers including professors and PhD holders who were accompanying the First Lady unpacked the courses for the people.
They brought course outlines, which one would be given immediately after registering for a course.
Under the programme, beneficiaries are permitted to take up as many courses as they can handle.
Courses on offer include Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Law, Basic Computer Literacy, Basic Sign Language and Disability awareness, cultural Heritage, Agriculture, Early Child Development and Nurse Aid-Palliative Care for Elderly.
In her address, the First Lady emphasised the importance of educating women whom she said will have an impact in their families, communities and nation at large.
ZOU Pro-vice chancellor of academic studies and learning activities, Professor Ermson Nyakatawa implored the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously to reap maximum benefits in future.
The beneficiaries of the programme expressed gratitude that the First Lady’s initiative had given her a chance to resume studies after that were disrupted by many issues including lack of financial resources.
Some said they prematurely terminated studies as the patriarchal society did not value the education of the girl child.
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