via Re-introduce practicals: President | The Herald June 23, 2014 by Paidamoyo Chipunza
Government is working on re-introducing practical subjects in schools to complement the theoretical education already offered, President Mugabe has said.
The President was speaking at a mass held for the late Roman Catholic priest and founder of Silveira House, Father John Dove in Chishawasha yesterday evening.
President Mugabe said ministries such as that of Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training were meant to advance that agenda.
President Mugabe said no matter how theoretically educated a person could be, without knowledge of practical skills, one was as good as nothing.
“Nekuti fundo yaivepo kare kunyangwe dai yanga iri pasi asi hapana mwanasikana angaite makore manomwe obva asingagone kusona, kurima kana kubika.
(Because the education was there in the past even though it was lowly, but no girl child could spend seven years then leave without skills like sewing, farming or cooking),” President Mugabe said.
He chronicled how his late sisters Sabina and Bridget were groomed at Silveira before Independence and how his late wife Amai Sally Mugabe worked with the late Father Dove at Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko.
President Mugabe, who was accompanied by Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa, invited Silveira House to work with Government in re-introducing these subjects in youths.
The President said he had been deeply touched by news of the priest’s demise as he had not heard any word of his illness. He extolled the virtues of Fr Dove and said he would be forever immortalised through Silveira House.
Fr Dove died on Friday morning at the Avenues Clinic in Harare at the age of 92. John Dove was born on July 22 1922 at Mayme, Burma (now Myanmar).
He fought in the British army during the Second World War. He then entered the Society of Jesus on September 7 1949 at Manresa, Roehampton, UK, and was ordained priest nine years later on July 31 1958 at Heythrop, UK.
The funeral mass will be held today at Chishawasha at 10am followed by his interment immediately thereafter at the mission.