Mid -Year Newsletter

Mid -Year Newsletter

Updates From Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe continues to face serious socio-economic problems, a situation that has resulted in various challenges in many institutions including the health and education sector. This situation has been compounded by the COVID 19 pandemic.  Inflation continues to rise and the cost of living continues to gallop upwards.

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates, fears are increasing about the effect of the pandemic on women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and their access to care. Although Zimbabwe has often eased restrictions, the effects of travel restrictions, inaccessibility of health services, economic hardship, and gender-based violence are already evident. 

The impact of Covid19 has also been significant on education systems around the world, with policymakers and other key stakeholders scrambling to prevent a global learning crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the near-total closures of schools, early childhood education, and care services, universities, and colleges. Most governments decided to temporarily close educational institutions in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Over the past year in Zimbabwe, as in many other countries, schools closed and reopened only to close again, teachers and learners face uncertainty, and there is an increasing reliance on remote and blended approaches to learning, despite limited ICT infrastructure and other resource constraints. 

Before COVID-19, there was already a long way to reach gender equality in and through education. Any gains scored towards equality are now threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. A failure to prioritise the needs of women and girls in COVID-19 responses risks further entrenching disadvantages. Tariro continues to prioritise the needs of the girls through provision of funds to enable extra tuition support and through the provision of sanitary pads. Efforts are also being made to support the girls with internet compatible gadgets. Tariro is appealing to its supporters to support our initiative to buy laptops for the students. $100 USD will enable us to buy one refurbished laptop. The laptops will be used for our remote learning initiative. 

To ensure learning continuity for primary students during the vacations and school closures: 12 primary students (including our Grade 7 students) have been brought together and taught by one contracted teacher, provided by Tariro, at Chembira Elementary School. 

Covid19 continues to be a threat and to date Zimbabwe has recorded more than 46,000 positive cases and more than 1,700 deaths. Vaccination is ongoing but a significant number of the population are hesitant to be vaccinated. As of 23 June 2021, a total of 715,056 people had been vaccinated against Covid19,” Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a third wave which has been a heavy strain on the health system. Due to the upsurge in Covid19 cases, the second term schools opening has been deferred to a later date.

Good News!

For the 6th year running CBZ Holdings, one of the leading financial services conglomerates in Zimbabwe which owns subsidiaries in banking, insurance, investments, wealth management, mortgages and retail finance donated RTGS 220318.00 (USD $2000.00 ) which went towards paying semester fees for 7 tertiary students. Thank you, CBZ!

Student and Staff of the Month !

Congratulations, Rudaviro!

“My father deserted us when I was young. Tariro has looked out for me like a father does.” -Rudaviro G.
Rudaviro’s attendance at primary school had been erratic and she, along with her siblings, risked not progressing due to the fees that were beyond her mother’s reach, despite her part time work. Rudaviro’s father left the family at the height of the economic meltdown in Zimbabwe and rarely supports the family. With Tariro now taking care of Rudaviro’s school fees an supplies, she can attend with minimal disturbances. We owe this to our wonderful donors. Thank you!

Please help us welcome our new Academic Advisor, Perseverance! 

Education is at the core of our mission, and our efforts are focused on responding in new and innovative ways to ensure learning continuity and ongoing psychosocial support. We have engaged an Academic Advisor whose primary duty will be to support students by developing individualized learning plans, encouraging self-directed study, and connecting with teachers to provide extra lessons/support as required. She will also have oversight of the progress made by the students sitting examinations. The Academic Advisor will support the development of a remote and blended learning strategy and coordinate all remote and blended learning initiatives. The academic advisor will be responsible for providing educational guidance and assistance for students by planning schedules, recommending areas needing assistance and determining appropriate education solutions for different types of students so that the students  reach their educational potential. She will also provide case management to students and also provide assistance for at-risk of underperforming students.

Music and Dance Update

Our music and dance group had the opportunity to perform at an Independence Celebration gala held at Girls High School. As part of giving back to the community, the group also performed at a Culture night at a local pre-school. However, due to the upsurge in Covid19 cases we have suspended practice sessions and performances. The group’s set of marimba need replacement and we are actively looking for donations to buy a new set.

Psycho-Social Support

Through funding from Cornell University’s “Serve In Place” funds, we carried out Consitution awareness sessions for the girls led by Human Rights lawyer, Lucy Chivasa. The workshops sought to capacitate the girls from Harare’s high density suburbs with the requisite knowledge to advocate for their Constitutional rights; knowledge that is direly missing from education in Zimbabwe. 40 girls attended this workshop. Thank you, Lucy!

Help us continue with our mission to educate and empower the girl child by donating via 

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