Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba has implored residents to embrace technology as the city accelerates its efforts to build smart schools and achieve a World Class City status by 2025.
Addressing multitudes of people at the ground breaking ceremony held last week for Kuwadzana 11 Primary School, Mayor Gomba said technology was the gateway to a smart city.
“We need to embrace the culture of technology in everything that we do. As we build all these schools we need to see that technology is on the fore front. We need to able to look for school places on our phones and do everything on internet. We need to catch up with other world class cities,” he said.
“We need to incorporate our residents in the planning of the buildings so that they may have say in our developments since we are building for them. One of the reasons why parents in Harare take their children as far as Kariba or Marondera is that schools in those areas have better structures compared us. Gone are days when we build those straight blocks. We need to improve on our structures as we move towards smart city.”
Ward 45 councillor, Girisoti Mandere, echoed the same sentiments saying the construction of smart schools is as a step towards achieving the vision of a smart city.
Cllr Mandere said council schools must have online recruitment portals to make it easier for parents.
“All council schools must have internet recruitment platforms to save parents from queuing all day long at schools looking for a place for their children.”
Last week council commissioned two sites where it intends to construct schools.