During a colourful event that was held on 28 April 2016 by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, students from all the 10 provinces across the country were awarded prizes under the 2016 A’ level STEM Initiative. One student drawn from each of the country’s 10 provinces won a once in a lifetime trip to Silicon Valley in the United States of America. Another 100 students won stemitised laptops and 100 students also won iPads. The $100 000.00 prize money was won by St Francis and St Clare High School in Guruve, Mashonaland Central and Mavhudzi High School from Manicaland Province won the stemitised bus worth $80 000.00. The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Hon. Prof. Jonathan N. Moyo said that there would be a different ceremony where the winners will be presented their prizes.
The Guest of honor at the draw, the Vice President Hon. Phelekezela Mphoko said that the basis of the country’s focus on the implementation of the STEM Initiative is the realization that today’s change is cruising on the bleeding-edge of technology fostered by scientific research and development. He further said that the STEM Initiative is a national strategy to achieve defined national socio-economic goals as defined in the ZimAsset economic blueprint and the country’s industrialization policy through a strategic human capital development plan.
The event was graced by several Cabinet Ministers, Industrialists, teachers, parents and pupils amongst other guests.
The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Hon. Phelekezela Mphoko announces some of the winners at the STEM Draw in Bulawayo as the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Hon. Prof. Jonathan N. Moyo looks on