Re-engagement pays off

…as the Australian Govt builds training centres across Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter

In a testament to the success of the Second Republic's engagement and re-engagement policy, the Australian Government through the Australian Aid Agency, has funded the construction of the Knit for Life Training Centre in Masvingo at a cost of USD 40 000.

The centre, which was officially handed over to the Chatsworth community, aims to foster economic development and self-sufficiency to young girls and disadvantaged women through training and empowerment programs.

Speaking at the handover ceremony recently, Australia's Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Minola Perera, expressed her Government's commitment to support Zimbabwe's National Development Agenda (NDA).

Pirera emphasised the importance of empowering women and girls, stating that their economic inclusion is crucial for the country's overall progress.

"Australia is proud to support this project, which will equip women with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their livelihoods. We believe that investing in women is an investment in the future of Zimbabwe.

"The Knit for Life training centre will provide women with vocational training in knitting and crocheting, enabling them to produce high-quality garments and accessories for sale. This will not only provide them with a source of income but also enhance their self-confidence and economic independence,” said Ambassador Perera.

Community leaders welcomed the establishment of the centre, recognising its potential to transform the lives of women in Chatsworth. They commended the Australian Government for its continued support for Zimbabwe's development initiatives.

Gutu West legislator commented that the Knit for Life training centre is a tangible symbol of the Second Republic's engagement and re-engagement policy, which has led to increased cooperation and support from the international community.

He added that Australia's commitment to empowering women and girls through this project aligns with the Second Republic's focus on inclusive and sustainable development.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Perera is set to launch a horticulture export programme in Mutoko to facilitate the exportation of agricultural products in Chatsworth.