An Optometrist from Denmark, Dr Finn Juncker facilitated and expedited the donation of twenty two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars (US$22,250.00) worth of Optometry equipment for the Bindura University of Science Education’s Optometry unit. The handover ceremony which was held at the University’s Astra Campus on 24 January 2019 was attended by senior management, staff from the Health Sciences Department as well as officials from the Lions Club International.
Apart from the optometry equipment which he sourced from an Optometry School in Denmark, Dr Juncker also donated four thousand (4000) reading glasses to BUSE. He said that these would aid the university in starting up its optometry shop. “The glasses are going to help people read the bible,’ he said in jest.
Dr Juncker also highlighted that the Optometry School which donated the equipment was keen to partner BUSE in the provision of lecturers who would come to BUSE and assist in the teaching of optometry courses.
In his acceptance speech, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eddie Mwenje expressed his gratitude to Dr Juncker for coming all the way from Denmark to assist the large population of Zimbabwe restore their sight through giving them reading glasses.
He also thanked Dr Juncker for empowering BUSE through this important donation to the first school of Optometry in Zimbabwe.
He added that the donation had come at an opportune time, just when the Optometry students are in their first year. “The equipment is going to assist the students in their development.” Professor Mwenje assured Dr Juncker that the university was going to reach out to the community by providing free eye tests as well as giving out reading glasses. “We are going to make sure that the community around us benefits from this equipment at no charge because we received this for free,” said Professor Mwenje.
The Lions Club International which is a humanitarian organisation was instrumental in identifying individuals like Dr Juncker who sourced for donations on behalf of the needy communities.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Lions Club International Coordinator, Mr Wayne Guzha gave a brief background of his club which was fighting blindness and other health related problems. He hailed Dr Juncker for the humanitarian work he was undertaking for the underprivileged communities which included, carrying out free eye tests and giving out glasses for free. He also thanked Dr Juncker for sourcing optometry equipment for BUSE and going to the extent of bringing it all the way from Denmark down to Zimbabwe just to present it.
The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Dr Walter Chingwaru said the equipment was a welcome development and a real shot in the arm for the faculty. “Without these pieces of equipment, we will not be able to do much,” he said.
The University introduced the BSc Honours in Optometry in 2017 under the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The programme is offered on a full time basis and runs for four years. Entry requirements for the course are five ‘O’ level passes including English Language, Mathematics and Physical Science and three ‘A’ level passes in Physics and two of the following: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.