We continue to link the centre with various “elite” Schools who have access to resource that can benefit Chiedza children. During this period we had visitors from Heritage School and St. Johns College.
Chiedza children visited Lion & Cheetah Park game reserve
Sixty children (age between 8-12 years) visited the Lion and Cheetah Park and spent the day at the park. The children were almost feeling like staying at the park because 99 % of them had never been to Game Park before. They never saw some of the animals in reality but only in televisions and books. The trip went beyond the point of entertainment as it also, opened up the mind of the children. It was not surprising to hear some of them calling a buck, a goat. This exposure was of significance as the children came back knew some of the things they never came across. Interestingly, the children had some piece of papers and pens to jot down notes about what they saw and learnt an indication of maturity in our children. We also learnt that exposure is much better than reading books though it creates a foundation.
After the tour we left the park and led our way to have lunch with the children. The whole day was awesome as the children enjoyed the food at maximum. After lunch at the chicken Inn the children played the “Ajig jah” for free. After all the funnies Edith Douglas gave a vote of thanks to the sponsors and they were surprised by the way she presented her speech.
Chiedza children excelled in the Junior Chamber International sponsored public speaking competitions
We are holders of the JCI flag in debate and public speaking. Chiedza children had a great experience when they participated in the JCI debate and public speaking competitions held at Prince Edward High School. We were four institutions together with Dzikwa Trust, Blossom and Bindura. Rachel Mhlanga competed in the juniors group and Genius took on the seniors and three other guys were for the debate. In public speaking participants were given a notion to work on which reads; ‘A world fit for children, eradicating extreme poverty’, which was a prepared speech. Our children endow with more content on the topic than any other competitors. The children clutched the chance to expose their talents in front of many people. More to that, they learnt to scrap against the stage fright and self-confidence seems to be part of their nature. They stand their ground full of poise and came out as champions at the end of the event. Rachel Mhlanga representing the juniors came as second in public speaking and Genius Mhlanga representing seniors came as the first in public speaking. Also the other three guys who were working as a team in debate came first and the day proved to be made for Chiedza children. Every contestant from Chiedza walked out with something in his or her hand. This demands more exertion to train our children so as to equip them with leadership qualities. Also this event gave our children the chance to shine in front of respected people like the JCI Senator of East Africa.
Chiedza children visited Mukuvisi Woodlands
The trip was for the English class group as part of their education. Before we took on our tour in the reserve we had a 30 minutes lecture with the guys who were responsible for that. The children benefited a lot from this lecture as it touched much on the ecosystem. Our children were very participative in this lecture. Those who are taking on geography took advantage of the trip as the lecture opened up their mind on natural resources conservation.
Chiedza English Access group visited National Art Gallery
The children enjoyed a lot, above and beyond entertainment the trip was of importance as it opened up the children about the history of the country. In the gallery, children saw many of the tools and artifacts which were used long ago. The children were more excited because they came to know how the people were living past back. We had good time and the children learned a lot from the Art Gallery. The social life and economic life of the people of the past was that amazing as the children commented. The trip was an evidence of what the children learn in history as a subject at school, so many of children were helped. More to that, the trip proved to be of significance as most of the children did not even know some of the tools which were used in the past.
We had Dylan Ranch, a volunteer from the USA spending 3 weeks training our children in basic carpentry skills. A total of twenty desks were produced. These desks will be used by the out of school children at the centre.
Our netball team has again qualified to represent the region at national competitions that are going to be held at United College of Education in Bulawayo on the 6th-9th December 2012. We know them well, they have lifted the Chiedza name at national competitions twice, and they are going to do it three times in a row. These competitions have instilled so much confidence among the girls. Chiedza netball team is heading to Bulawayo (the second largest city in Zimbabwe) to defend their national title championship. The girls have so much confidence and it is our hope that their self esteem will make them retain the trophy. They have gained so much experience and resilience in these competitions.