Recently Higherlife Foundation partnered with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Zimbabwe to host a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Lecture Series on “Optimizing social policy for the achievement of the sustainable development goals.”
The series aims to raise awareness and encourage active engagement among higher learning institutions and the student community on the 17 Sustainable development goals. The SDGs Lecture Series which also brings senior UN officials to speak to the students, saw more than 500 students from the university as well as from reputable high schools converge to listen His Excellency, UN Resident Coordinator B.Parajuli as he spoke on how they could play a part in achieving sustainable development in today’s world.
In his lecture His Excellency highlighted the importance of the youth in achieving development in their society. “Young people are the future of every country,” expressed Mr Parajuli. Addressing the students His Excellency went on to say, “Innovation is key to sustainable development but we still have a lot to do to change our world,” emphasising on the need for everyone to work on changing the world through development. Mr Parajuli also stressed on the need for society to develop policies that are relevant and practical as “Good social policies bring development.”
The 17 SDGs were adopted in September 2015 in an effort to transform the world by ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Through its initiatives Higherlife Foundation is committed to achieving SDG4 which focuses on ensuring ‘inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning’. Through its smart learning platform, Ruzivo, Higherlife Foundation is ensuring disadvantaged schools have access to low cost high quality education curricula that is endorsed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education giving every child an equal chance of academic success.
In his address to the students at the lecture, Higherlife Foundation’s Director of Education Dr. Kennedy Mubaiwa, who was the discussant of the series, reflected on Higherlife Foundation dedication to education and lifelong learning opportunities through its 3pillars of Improving Quality of Education, Providing Lifelong Development and Providing Access to education. Dr Mubaiwa also highlighted on the Higherlife Foundation online mentorship program that offers continuous development to the foundation’s beneficiaries.
Dr Mubaiwa who is also an alumni of the University of Zimbabwe highlighted on the need for the youths to invest in knowing the SDGs as the “SDGs are the 21st Century challenges and opportunities.” “Your future is harnessed in the SDGs,” added Dr Mubaiwa.
The lecture also included a Q&A session that encouraged active engagement from the students through constructive debate and questions. Many students present showed a strong desire in learning more about the SDGs as they poised many questions to both Dr Mubaiwa and His Excellency UN Resident Coordinator B.Parajuli.
Also present at the public lecture was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, Mrs Charity Manyeruke, who gave the closing remarks highlighting the value of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Lecture Series to the university. “The message is clear. We have to engage actively on social policy to achieve the SDGs,” expressed Mrs Manyeruke.
For more on Higherlife Foundation’s Ruzivo platform please visit: www.ruzivodigitallearning.co.zw