By Precious Moyo
LUVEVE high schools girls shined at the Technovation Zimbabwe competition scooping two awards both on the junior and seniors categories of best innovators.
The winner bit its nine rivals including Girls College, Hamilton, King George, Cowdray Park, Nkulumane, Mandwandwe, Nketa and St Columbus high schools.
Technovation Zimbabwe, an organisation that seeks to promote technological development for the girl child facilitated a competition open to all schools in Bulawayo whereby girls had to come up with apps that are innovative, profit making and address real time issues in the country.
Luveve High School form one girls created an app called Farmers future app which seeks to give farmers necessary information concerning agriculture.
One of the group members Monalisa Nkomo a form one student said she was happy to scoop an award after toiling to come up with an outstanding idea.
“We have realised that there is a gap in our society whereby farmers lack knowledge on their industry. Given that Agriculture is one of the economy’s backbones, we found it necessary to create such an app. After hard work and mentorship we are happy to receive this award,” she said.
In the seniors category, the girls had an app called Kids Sky centre which seeks to engage infants in schools to have lessons online.
The group mentor, Mr William Mazviro said this app was created after realising that kids get bored in ordinary learning environments hence need to create an online learning platform.
“This app will enable kids to learn basics like vowels, alphabet and the number line online while they are in the comfort of their homes. This has an entrepreneurship touch because parents will purchase the app for a $2 which in turn yields a lot of money,” he said.
Luveve went away with the Technovation shield and some school hampers.
The Zimbabwean Regional Ambassador for Technovation Ms Thando Gwinji commended the school for its innovative idea saying it is critical for girls to be involved in ICT and technology.
“I am impressed by how schools bought the idea. It was an open competition which we invited everyone but schools like Luveve brought groups as many as nine. This is motivating realising that the girl child has a thrust to manoeuvre the internet and learn more about technology,” she said.
Gwinji said the apps created were a clear sign of how the learners are knowledgeable about the current situation in the country urging them to continue research and innovation.
“For instance an app for farmers, is very relevant because you see that many farmers are facing challenges in agricultural education. We challenge schools to continue with this spirit.
Technovation Zimbabwe is also the pioneer of Geek approach to sustainable development which intensifies on technology challenge, hour of code, basic digital skills frame and mother board awareness.
In its thrust to empower the girl child, the organisation also pioneers humour for social change and reviving Ubuntu programmes.
“These programmes are there to open the eyes of the girl child, make them grab every opportunity in life, teach them on "Ubuntu" and make them technologically sound,” said Gwinji.