Tekeshe Foundation

The Tekeshe Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization which focuses on empowering and restoring dignity and hope to the people in the rural areas of the Chipinge district in Zimbabwe by providing and promoting economic empowerment, advocating literacy and higher education for both boys and girls, while assisting AIDS/HIV patients and their families with social-economic help
Aug 21, 2012

Tekeshe Foundation Pre-School Progress

Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting our Pre-School program. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. 

I am pleased to inform you that the Pre-School program is doing very well. We have one full time teacher and this year we have 30 children enrolled in our school. We managed to send the teacher to two refresher courses.

Our goal for 2013 is to increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90 and we need to hire 2 more teachers. We also need a building which will be able to accomodate 90 kids. In addition we need to buy desks and chairs, currently the kids have to sit on the floor. 

 As I mentioned in one of the progress reports, promoting early childhood development and learning programs is at the heart of the The Tekeshe Foundation. Unlike the urban areas where children have access to early childhood development and learning programs such programs are nonexistent in the rural areas.  Through are Playtime program we are committed to providing the best start in life to children in these rural areas.

I really appreciate the difference you are making in the lives of these children. The early years in their lives are very crucial. What happens to them during these early years plays an important role in shaping their lives. You are playing a big role in shaping the lives of these children.  Because of your love and support they are receiving the best start in life as a result they are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. 

Thanks again!

Best Regards,

Thelma

 

Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school

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Jul 30, 2012

Phase One Progress

The following major tasks were set for Phase One of  our Technology project:

  • Site assessment by Inveneo in-country partner 
  • Form partnerships with local organizations that have a track record in delivering ICT to rural schools

 1.    Site assessment by Inveneo in-country partner 

Just In Time Solutions Limited (Inveneo's in country partner) visted Rimbi village to conduct a site assesment.

 2. Form partnerships with local organizations 

We are pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CZwS) which has been working in ICT in Education since 1999 through the Ministry of Education and World Links Zimbabwe .  The mission of CZwS is to transform IT education in Zimbabwe by providing schools with affordable computers and associated software, training support and connectivity. In 2010 CZwS distributed over 3 000 computers to over 250 schools and set up an Teacher Training Room in Harare to deal with the Training Needs. 

The following was agreed on in the MOU:

Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CzWS) is a private organization that helps schools to transform and position themselves to offering 21st century education. The focus of CzWS is on assisting educators challenge the type of education and the way that education is delivered. As an Intel® Education Partner, CzWS provides ICT solutions that are child-safe and affordable. In 2010 CzWS distributed over 3 000 computers to over 250 schools and set up a Teacher Training Room in Harare to deal with the Training Needs.

Together, the Parties entered into the Memorandum of Understanding to mutually deliver ICT solutions to rural high schools in Zimbabwe.  Accordingly, the Tekeshe Foundation and the Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CzWS), operating under the MOU agree as follows

The organizations agree to the following tasks for the MOU:

The Tekeshe Foundation will:

  • Provide and Install  network equipment
  • Provide and Install computers and software
  • Provide technical support
  • The Tekeshe Foundation through its collaboration with the schools, stake holders and donors will provide ICT and site equipment
  • Pay for internet usage and electricity
  • Provide ICT site coordinators

 Computers for Zimbabwean Schools Corporation (CzWS) will:

  • Train high school teachers
  • Train ICT site coordinators
  •  Integrate ICT as a subject into the high school curricula
  •  Provide ICT curricula materials  

 The Tekeshe Foundation and Computers for Zimbabwean Schools Corporation will:

  • Work jointly to advertise the project through workshops,  web sites, brochures, flyers etc

 

 

  

 

Jul 13, 2012

Project Kick Off

The project finally kicked off in June. The following pictures show Mrs Dube, the project coordinator arriving at the village with the spawn. During the kickoff phase Mrs Dube trained 7 people in the village how to grow mushrooms. These seven people will be reponsible for training the other people in the village.

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