Oct 25, 2017

Makomborero students shine throughout!

Gateway Prize Giving Day
Gateway Prize Giving Day

The lovely purple bloom of the Jacaranda trees in Zimbabwe is a sure sign of the beginning of the Examination season. Exams are indeed in progress and we wish all our students, all the best.

Term 3 is marked by Speech and Prize-giving functions for all the schools we partner with and we are always proud to see our students being honoured for their achievements, both academically and in extracurricular activities. It was prizes galore at Gateway High School with 4 of our students (Belinda, Ruramai, Kuda and Shyline) all scooping academic prizes. Taku also at Gateway came 4th in the Zimbabwean Maths Olympiad.  Well done to all of you!

Munya and Chiko won prizes at St Georges. It’s heart-warming to watch these boys grow and flourish in their new learning environment.

Another special Prize Giving evening at Hellenic Academy too, Chenai and Donald both received academic prizes.  Donald, L6th student, was made Prefect at Hellenic. He becomes the 4th Makomborero Prefect; we have had 2 at Hellenic, 1 at St Georges and 1 at Gateway. We are so proud of him.  It’s often hard for our students’ leadership abilities to be recognised only 9 months into their new school, as they make huge cultural adjustments so when they do stand out we are super proud and excited.

Recruiting is underway for 2018!  We are in the process of collecting Application forms from schools and individuals for our 2018 students.  We can't believe it is that time of year again!

 

Students’ updates

Four (4) of our Lower 6th students qualified for the Yale Africa Initiative. Shyline and Roy went to Rwanda; Kuda travelled to Uganda and Isabel attended the session in Zimbabwe. This was a great opportunity for them to learn and interact with their peers from different countries.

We bid farewell to 6 students off to start university life internationally and locally (4 students) at the UZ and NUST.

We celebrated our first two UZ graduates Simba and Terrence and incredibly both have been able to secure their first jobs.  Simba is a Pharmacist at a major referral hospital and Terrence will be working for a big engineering group. Brian also graduated from NUST as an Actuarial Scientist with UK qualifications too.  We are still hoping he will find a job soon.  So proud of these young men.

It’s always great having our past students around on their holidays back in Zim. This last month we had Tinashe Z, a 4th-year Computer Engineering student at Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey.  During his time in Zim, he has been interning at Women’s University in Africa in their department of Information Technology. 

 

Mobile Science Lab

We completed our first 7-week Biology pilot Sessions in our Mobile Science Laboratory. It was learning curve but also such an awesome opportunity to see students doing the practical side of their Biology syllabus. We thank Tongai our Science teacher and his assistant Stuart for leading the sessions. Our students, both past and present volunteered throughout in setting up and in the running of the programme.  We look forward to welcoming many, many more students in our Mobile Science Lab.

 

Makomborero Camp

We were able to hold a 3-day camp at our Resource Centre for our internal and external students.  This was a great opportunity for our students to bond and build deep lasting relationships, as well as hopefully learn something!

The programme started with Community service at a rural school 60kms east of Harare. The school Head was very grateful for our effort in improving their pupils' learning experience by painting all their blackboards, including the wooden boards used outside for lessons under the trees. The newly painted boards surely bring a glimmer of hope to some of the most marginalised communities in Zimbabwe!

Our Students also had a fantastic day with the Maker Club, making 4 legged robotic walkers, as well as various leadership sessions. During one of the evening sessions, students were challenged to present on how bringing life to Sustainable Development Goals for Africa is possible and how they can impact their communities. This was an incredibly inspiring evening! The last day of camp ended with a birthday party for all of the students with some great games. 

 

Fundraising

During September we held 2 events, a Music and Arts Concert organised by Tinashe one of our pioneer students and a fantastic Open-air Movie screening of SING in partnership with Openair Cinemas. We thank Hellenic Academy for their great support in both events and everyone who managed to attend. In these hard economic times every little count. We also thank our wonderful GlobalGiving family for their continued support in making the work of Makomborero possible. So many individuals give so generously.

 

Upcoming Events

We are extremely pleased to invite you to join us to get Up Close and Personal with Makomborero. This year, our event will be held at the Institute of Directors on the 21st November and will give guests the opportunity to meet two of Zimbabwe's finest exports - Charlegne and Prince.  These two Makomborero success stories are now both studying at Edinburgh University on Mastercard scholarships. We also look forward to our Annual Graduation Ceremony in Harare, as we say goodbye to the class of 2017 and the end of year Christmas party for all our students.

4 legged Robot
4 legged Robot
Donald Prefect at Hellenic
Donald Prefect at Hellenic
Community service
Community service
Charlegne and Prince  at Edinburgh University
Charlegne and Prince at Edinburgh University
Makomborero's Pharmacist: Simba
Makomborero's Pharmacist: Simba
Engineer Tinashe Z.
Engineer Tinashe Z.

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Aug 31, 2017

Report on science mobile laboratory pilot run

Microscope familiarisation
Microscope familiarisation

July 1 2017 marked the official launch of the 7 - week Mobile Science Laboratory Pilot  Project. The Pilot programme was a composite of Biology practicals that were done over a period of 8 weeks. 6 schools were represented from the high density areas and students from the Home School community added diversity to the group. This was the 1st time for many students to be in a laboratory, so it came with a lot of excitement. We are so grateful to our alumni and current students for volunteering throughout the sessions. Many thanks Tongai our Science Teacher and Stuart his Assistant for all the preparation work and delivery of the lessons.  Our deepest gratitude goes to all our sponsors who made the running of the mobile laboratory possible. It has been a learning curve for Makomborero. Here is what Tongai had to say about the pilot project.

 Lesson delivery

With the laboratory being fully equipped the students were able to carry out the practical experiments to full detail without any improvisions. The laboratory has a capacity of 15 students and this is the number that was consistent during the sessions. The practicals were held on Saturdays starting at 9am finishing at 11am. This involved a 30 minutes lesson to introduce a bit of  background for the day's practical experiment. After the introduction, pupils would carry out a practical that was split into two halves each being 40 minutes with a 5 minutes snack break. The last section was a clean up that would take up to 5 minutes and helped the pupils understand the importance of safe disposal of the reagents. Reflective sessions were also held after each pratical on the industrial application of the knowledge gained.Every week, pupils would switch partner so as to learn different things from each other

 

Performance during the practicals

During the first two weeks the practicals seemed very difficult for most of the students because they were not familiar with the instrumentation and how best to utilize them so as to obtain the most significant results. Most pupils lacked confidence in carrying out the practicals but became better as time went on.

After the third week most of the students were very comfortable and this was definitely due to the fact that the confidence and zeal of other students had rubbed onto the rest of the class. As the students became more confident even their execution of practicals became finer. Generally all the students managed to obtain expected results and from the worksheets, it was clear that the objective of the practicals was well understood.

 

CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED

There is need for more  learning aids so as to help understand better during the introductory 1st 30 minutes lesson . Whenever a practical is conducted it may be necessary to use aids that are complimentary to that practical . It was also very difficult to carry out the pre - runs prior to the Saturday session because of the limited resources and time. It was a challenge sourcing other chemicals  due to availability in the country. Alternatives had to be used.However, all the practicals went out the way that they were expected although it is general lab routine to carry out pre-runs. The mid year examinations meant some of the pupils missed out on sessions. 

 

CONCLUSION

The pilot project of the science mobile laboratory was very successful in that it created a more detailed Zimbabwean scientist. Tongai, being a teacher from one of the schools represented , also noted the difference in the interest and perfomance of students who were participated in the pilot project as compared to those who did not take part in the sessions. It is our hope that with more funding we would be able to give more students access to science pratical experiments.

Girls at work
Girls at work
Girls at work
Girls at work

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Jul 31, 2017

Makomborero Zimbabwe - Term 2 2017 - seeing the fruit of our labour!

Ryan Graduating
Ryan Graduating

So where do we start with such an incredibly exciting term!  Our current students are all doing well in their respective schools and we continue to have fantastic Life Skills evenings on a Thursday.  Some fo the Upper Sixth students went on an all expenses paid trip to South Africa for a Science Focus week.  They had a wonderful time visiting industries and museums.  It has also been a term full of other accomplishments but I thought I'd not run through the normal every day stuff - it is all good but I thought this update could focus on some of our past students and what they are up to!  Enjoy!  

 

Revolution Fellowship

Clive eaver 2014 has just won the Resolution Fellowship in Johannesburg for his social venture.

Clive is working on eradicating the effects of using synthetic fertilizers in Zim and Africa at large, by using nanotechnology to manufacture an organic fertilizer.

Check out http://www.resolutionproject.org for more info

Clive we are so so proud!

 

Our First Graduates

So Makomborero is old enough this year to start celebrating our first graduates from University!  I will start with three young men from our Pioneer group who have graduated from local Zimbabwe universities - thanks to your continued support and them receiving grants for their University Studies from Makomborero.

A huge congratulations to Terrence - Leaver 2012. He is officially an Engineer. He got a 2:1 in his Electrical Engineering degree. Watch this space world - here comes Terrence!

 

Brian - Leaver 2012, studied Actuarial Science  and we got the message below from him - 

Hello ma'am! I know I am guilty of poor communication, this degree has turned me into such a social zombie lol. But I would like to inform you that I've submitted my dissertation and I'm technically done with my undergrad studies. This would've only been a distant dream if not for the love you've given me over the past 6+ years. I don't deserve the kindness that you continue to shower me with. I would therefore like to take this moment to thank you, Mr A and your family for how you have greatly impacted my life. May you continue to be blessed and touch many lives the same way you have done mine. A thank you alone is not enough to express how much I feel indebted by your love. Tinotenda, Siyabonga, Merci, Thank you!
With love
Brian

 

Simba - Leaver 2012.  Pharmacy.  This is a message we received from him:

Simba's message - It is my pleasure to let you know that today marks my last day at Uni. I wrote my last exam today and I know through the grace of God and your prayers I made it through. It feels like yesterday when I joined Makomborero but alas now I am done with my first degree.

I wouldn't have made it without you, Mr A and the Makomborero clan. You have made my dream come true. I know now the real life begins (trying to get a job, responsibilities, people expecting a lot from me).

I have a lot to say but words can't really express my joy. But thank you for the support and everything for the past 6 years.

I love you and Mr A a lot. May God bless you.

We are so proud of all you young men and we are keeping everything crossed for great jobs!!

And from America - Ryan Maponga - Leaver 2012! The first official Makomborero graduate studying at Tufts University on a full scholarship. He majored in Electrical Engineering and he will be starting a full time job at Goldman Sachs as a software developer. We are thrilled for him and the experience this will be for him.

 

Prince meets a Princess

Prince (leaver 2015) on a MasterCard scholarship at Edinburgh University shares a very special day with us - was very honoured to meet Princess Anne who is the Chancellor for The University of Edinburgh. It was such a remarkable experience to be selected as one of four students across the university from undergraduate to post graduates to meet her and a number of the university donors at the Royal Society in London. Being able to share my life experiences as well as future aspirations and my life in Edinburgh so far was such a privilege! I had never envisioned myself sharing even a simple sentence with a member of the Royal Family let alone introduce myself as Prince to a Princess. Being able to highlight my roots in Zimbabwe which are Makomborero Zimbabwe to a woman who is known for her charitable work was the highlight of the evening. Perhaps we didn't have time to delve into the finer details but that 5 minute chat meant a lot more seeing as l was the youngest person in that building, surrounded by an affluent community. which in my society l would have been asked to go play outside and let adults have their crucial conversations. 
I live to remember this day and most importantly to be grateful for the opportunities Makomborero Zimbabwe opens for people like me and others!

 

Students coming home

Not only is is wonderful to hear of what our past students are up to but it is truely wonderful to see them when they are home and reconnect.  I love it and our kids love it too!  We have welcomed many into our home this term!  Family staying connected!

 

Visitors

We love it when long time supporters of Makomborero come out for a visit and Derek and Jenny Gibbs immersed themselves in Makomboroero life.  We took them up Domboshava, took them market shopping for vegetables for the boarding house, got them to spend time with the students and even even went to a students families house for dinner.  To all share a meal together with Brandon's family was so special. To see the joy Brandon's family found in hosting us as a family. We provided the resources for the meal but they loved preparing and welcoming us into their home. Lives joined forever by Makomborero!

The Gibbs' blessed us beyond words. Their love and wisdom impacted many of the students deeply. Thank you for coming guys. We loved having you!

 

Launch of our Mobile Science lab

This has been incredibly exciting and we are currently running a 7 weeks Biology course every Saturday and we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know our students.  This project is funded through our other GlobalGiving page.

 

Well I think that is a different overview of the term and I hope you can see a little of the fruit of some of our students as they discover who they are and find their wings once they leave Makomborero.  Please look at finances for this period on the attached document.  This next term is busy with examinations, community service and the start of our recruiting process for next year.

 

Prince meets a Princess
Prince meets a Princess
Clive winning his award
Clive winning his award
Dinner with Brandon's family
Dinner with Brandon's family
Matthew & Brandon's brother finding common ground
Matthew & Brandon's brother finding common ground

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