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Reimagining Zimbabwe at 40 Under COVID-19 Lockdown


Covid-19 is a Corona virus that is spread through sneezing, coughing and skin contact. Covid-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 2019.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Covid-19 a pandemic because it spreads fast and has killed hundreds of thousands of people wishing a short period of time. Globally, countries are in lockdown including Zimbabwe.

On the 18th of April 2020, Zimbabwe is turning 40 years old. People will celebrate Independence Day in lockdown. The lockdown  has caused uncertainty, fear, dispair and anxiety about the future.

With Zimbabwe turning 40, I would like to see a Zimbabwe with well lit, well tarred roads with no potholes because it will enable people to do business with other countries and earn foreign currency.

With this foreign currency, Zimbabwe will be able to have clean running water. With clean running water, farmers will be able to grow and irrigate crops without having to rely on natural rainfall. There would be food security and excess food will be exported to other countries to bring in more money for the country. Clean running water will reduce the chances on getting water borne diseases such as cholera and bilharzia.

In my ideal Zimbabwe, there would be a consistent renewable energy supply in the form of hydro, solar and wind energy. Industries would be able to operate 24/7 producing goods for the locals as well as exports,  making  Zimbabwe competitive on the global market.

Should any Zimbabwean get sick, they would have accesss to multiple and easily accessible, fully equipped and affordable healthcare centers. A healthy nation is a productive nation.

There is need for a fast, safe and reliable transport system. I dream of bullet trains, driverless cars and 5g technology incorporated in Zimbabwean systems.

I would like a Zimbabwe where every child has access to free education. Education sparks creativity. With people having a decent education, they will go on to start their own industries and produce technology unlike any other in the world and lastly I imagine a clean and litter free Zimbabwe.

PS is a Grade 7 student.


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