HARARE – George Guvamatanga, Barclays Zimbabwe managing director, traced back his footsteps to Kambuzuma High 1 School where he was educated 25 years ago, donating six lap tops with Internet access, text books and a generator.
Guvamatanga toured the school and addressed students. In a speech filled with innuendo, he made the children laugh and also had serious moments when he told them that they can be whatever they want to be in life.
He stressed that family background does not matter if one wants to make it in life.
“I grew up in Kambuzuma and I learned at this school,” the Barclays MD said.
“Life was tough but I persevered and became a leader in life, you can also do it. I encourage all of you to always give your best in your activities, both academic and extra-curricular.”
As a former student of Kambuzuma High 1, Guvamatanga said the donation would provide students with a source of information that would open their minds to the world around them.
“We are in an era of fast technology and social media platforms that have replaced dial up telephones and VCRs which were part of my generation,” he said.
“Facebook, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp, just to name a few, are taking over and becoming the way to communicate, conduct business and find information. Our donation today will hopefully open the doors to a whole new world for students here. My hope is that this small gesture will support your studies and allow you entry into this global village.”
Guvamatanga and other Barclays executives and employees who attended the function, conducted a soccer clinic and career guidance workshop for over 1 200 students at the school.
As a part of Barclays citizenship agenda, employees donate their time and skills to the development of youth and young adults across the country in areas where the bank operates.
The three main areas for skills training focus on the enhancement of enterprise, employability and financial literacy skills of young people between the ages of 10 to 35.
Guvamatanga said these vital skills will help disadvantaged young people overcome the social and financial challenges they face, better provide for themselves and their families and ultimately, support longer term growth in the economy.
“Life is what you make it,” Guvamatanga said.
“At Barclays, we believe in making a difference in the communities we serve, and today I am pleased to be able to make a donation towards the school that played a big part in making me who I am today. My journey has not been easy and I continue to be amazed by how many times I fall back on some of the most important life lessons I learnt from this school.”
Kambuzuma High 1 school head, Atinos Chiwara thanked Guvamatanga for remembering his school through the generous donation. He urged school children to emulate the Barclays Zimbabwe head.