School system in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, schooling begins at the age of 6. Elementary education is seven years in grades 1-7 and four in upper grades (Forms 1-4). Entrance to two-year high school (Forms 5-6) requires at least five approved subjects in upper secondary education. The school year is a calendar year and has three semesters. In the lower level, four subjects are studied: English, Shona, Mathematics and Social Studies. In upper secondary school subjects increase to 8-11. In a two-year high school, a student chooses a combination of subjects focusing either on humanistic, economic or natural science. In the upper secondary school degree, a student usually writes three substances.

Dzivarasekwa is one of Harare’s poorest neighborhoods. There are an estimated 25,000 children of school age and only 2/3 of them can go to school. Primary schooling in state and municipal primary schools is not free, and schoolchildren must also acquire mandatory school uniforms and other equipment and supplies. The fundamental rights of orphan children will not happen without external support.

Support Education in the Activity Center
It is often difficult for children to do homework, as Dzivarasekwa’s homes are cramped, often lacking electricity and with a limited furniture. In addition, homework is not always appreciated at home, as there are more urgent tasks, such as looking after the smaller children, various chores, and housework, or even selling vegetables on the streets of Dzivarasekwa to support the family community. Through the activity center, children receive support in English and literature, history, accounting, and mathematics. The teachers are Dzikwa’s employees and volunteers. Also, the contribution of Finnish volunteers and trainees to support in elementary education is particularly important.

You can also donate directly to FI76 1745 3000 0616 40, with reference 1106.

IT Education

The IT department of our activity center was completed in spring 2012. The well-equipped IT class has the opportunity to study various IT skills with the guidance of a teacher. We have received computers as a donation from Finnish donors. We provide instruction for all Dzikwa children. We are also authorized to give an official certificate for IT skills, a so-called IT driving license. The course leading to certification includes the same modules as commercial instruction, but slightly reduced in scope. Youth have access to the Internet and are provided with appropriate guidance and information on social media behavior. Every year, at least 50 primary students receive basic IT education. Typically 40-50 high school students perform final exams in IT skills annually. Studying IT skills is important because it is one of the fastest growing economic areas in Zimbabwe.

You can also donate directly to FI76 1745 3000 0616 40, with reference 1180.