The Social Work Department commemorated the International Social Work Day on the 17th March 2020 at the Town Campus. The celebrations were premised under the theme, “Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.” The event was celebrated in style through a number of activities including debates, presentations on current issues, dramas and a march to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).
In his welcome address, the President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Mr Chidyausiku expounded at length on the significance of the theme. “We are commemorating the important role that we play in the society. To us social workers, relationships come first. We are the people who promote relationships, we don’t break them,” he said.
Some of the presentations made covered contemporary issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic. “We acknowledge the sad developments that the whole world is experiencing. As social workers, let us join hands in raising awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and also, ensure that the virus does not spread,” said Mr Nyamudyambanje, a BUSE student.
As part of the exciting activities lined up for the day was a debate which ran under the motion ‘Traditional Ubuntu relationships are better than foreign adopted cultures’. The students from Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) and the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University took turns to showcase their knowledge of the topic through robust discussions. A drama which focused on Gender Based Violence was also staged.
The day was concluded by a long march from the Town Campus to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services where BUSE students donated some sanitary goods in the form of sanitary pads, tissues and soap. The ZPCS Chief Rehabilitation Officer, Mr Chinhoro commended BUSE students for extending a helping hand to prison inmates. He invited BUSE to partner ZPCS in a number of activities that the institution engaged in.
Also present at the occasion were lecturers from BUSE and ZEGU as well as students from the two institutions.