Zimbabwe Digital News
The good story that is TaalNet Group of Schools wrote a new chapter to the epic this week, marking the organisation’s ten-year anniversary with a highly successful Taal-Net 2019 Arts Festival at Beaulah Park, Meadowdale.
And at this rate, this may turn out to be one of Zimbabwe’s best success stories in years.
Founding Chief Executive Justin Magidi told Zimbabwe Digital News that his vision to take the dream to the international stage was falling into place, with the highlight being news of the ambitious announcement that a TaalNet University was the next frontier.
Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster, ZBC captured the story of the 10-year anniversary event, and this signified one of those rare moments when a good Zimbabwean story makes headline news on national television in Zimbabwe itself.
The entry of the Taal-Net story onto the main news on ZBC marked a turning point in the Group’s media and marketing campaign, in the mix of the day-long milestone ten-year-anniversary which showcased music, poetry, acting, dance, music, heritage, speech, awards, cake and media.
“We are growing organically, one school at a time. We now have 30 schools, straddling both Zimbabwe and South Africa. It was not an easy journey, and to be recognised and licenced by the Ministry of Education in South Africa, and the Ministry of Education in Zimbabwe.
“Our vision is to be the best academic institution in the world. We want to be there in every province in the countries that we operate, and also to be a centre of excellence through the quality of the education that we provide.
“We not only want to consolidate the brand that is TaalNet, but also to make sure that our learners achieve 100% pass rates. We are grooming young citizens for the future. We want to produce graduates that will contribute to building the fabric of the countries that we operate,” Magidi said.
The Taal-Net Group of Schools was founded by Magidi in 2009 with only six students, one teacher and a few basics.
Today the brand has grown in leaps and bounds over the years with about 350 full-time teachers and support staff, over 6000 students from elementary to vocational, and has an impressive footprint with schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe: Kempton Park, Johannesburg, Randburg, Pretoria, Germiston, Midrand, Hazyview and Glendale.
The group is now roundly recognised as one of Zimbabwe’s best diaspora exports, with the success measured in business leadership, innovation and a strong belief in changing people’s lives, in education.
Magidi was the run-away winner of the 2018 Zimbabwe Excellence awards businessman of the year, and has followed this with recognition at the Zimbabwe Archievers awards.
A statement released by the school as part of the festival said that arts and cultural festivals were rooted in the social and cultural life of the nation they are hosted in, and in this case,Taal-Net was playing a role integrating South African and Zimbabwean communities.
The celebration to mark the organisation’s ten year anniversary coincided with the Taal-Net Arts festival, one of the biggest events on the Taal-Net school calender, held in the second week of October every year.
The event programme comprised drama, dance, comedy, poems, and music as an expression of creativity and imagination, and students had a chance to showcase their drama and dancing skills.
Arts and culture are big industries throughout the world with big employment opportunities, and Taal-Net is of the view that events like the Taal-Net Arts Festival could be harnessed to launch some of the careers for students.
About Taal-Net Group of Schools:
Taal-Net is a cluster of registered and licenced Cambridge schools from preschools, primary schools to high schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’sFET colleges offer courses in Engineering (N1-N6), Business (N4-N6), information technology andmatric rewrite on fulltime, part-time and distance learning. Boarding facilities are available for all levels of learning.
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TaalNet Ten-Year Anniversary Highlights
The event programme comprised drama, dance, comedy, poems, and music and students had a chance to showcase their drama and dancing skills.
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