Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe

by Education Matters
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
Build the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe
USAP Community School AS Results
USAP Community School AS Results

We are excited to share some great news from USAP Community School!  Our first Cambridge AS results are out for the 45 students in the first class of the USAP Community School.  We are so proud of this achievement during these challenging COVID times of remote learning.  27 students earned A's in all three subjects, and 7 more got 2 A's and a B.

In Zimbabwe, schools are currently closed under COVID-19 clockdown restrictions but all our students continue their learning remotely through lessons delivered via Whatsapp. We are looking forward to schools reopening safely in the next few weeks.  Our 45 students continue to prepare for their second and final Cambridge A-level exams later in October.  We wish them success in their preparations and final exams!

As always, we are grateful to you as all of this would not have been possible without your support. We continue to raise funds to reach our goals of building our permanent campus and sustaining the costs of our operations, which we vigorously keep as low as possible. Together we are transforming lives, assisting talented and determined young people by providing opportunities to reach their potential.  We can not thank you enough! 

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We are physically back on our temporary campus and have just completed the first month of our first term! We welcomed our second cohort of 24 students who were forced to compete their orientation and a few weeks of classes online due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. We now have a total of 69 students at our beautiful but cramped campus with the initial class of 45 on course to completing their second year of A level studies.

This past month has been exciting as our first cohort was taking week-long subject revision classes in preparation for their AS exams in May. In the meantime, the second cohort concentrated on humanities, reasoning and research method curriculum.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for our unique school. We continue to raise funds to reach our goals of building our permanent campus and sustaining the costs of our operations, which we vigorously keep as low as possible. We are looking forward to commencing construction at our permanent location  in mid-2021 and a final move there in 2022.. Together we are transforming lives, assisting young people without means but with so much talent and determination to grow and seize opportunities that will allow them to reach their potential. We cannot thank you enough!

For more on the progress of the school, check out our 2020 Annual Report 

 

Wishing you all the best from all of us at Education Matters and the USAP Community School

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Happy Holidays!

What a year it has been! During this abbreviated two week end of year holiday, we are taking deep breaths and reflecting on what a crazy 2020 it has been. Starting a school this particular year of 2020 has been quite something - it's been exhausting, exhilarating, challenging and magical. Together we opened school to our inaugural class of 45 students wit 8 faculty, 5 junior faculty and three non-teaching staff in January.Together we created and endured our special brand on WhatsApp/kindle lessons for 6 months and together we reunited, quarantined and spent a joyful final term together. We have recruited our second class of 24 students and two additional faculty members and will reopen January 4.

One thing is clear - we would not have made it without you. Thank you so much for your ongoing support for our unique school. We continue to raise funds to reach our goals of building our permanent campus and sustaining the costs of our operations, which we vigorously keep as low as possible. Together we are transforming lives, assisting young people without means but with so much talent and determination to grow and seize opportunities that will allow them to reach their potential.

We cannot thank you enough! Hoping you find joy during these holidays.

Onwards to 2021!

Rebecca and all at Education Matters and the USAP Community Schoo

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We're excited that soon we will be back together!
We're excited that soon we will be back together!

It has been over six months since we had to close the USAP Community School campus and move our learners to remote learning, creating a hybrid model of WhatsApp, video creation and Google Classroom to adjust to teaching reliant on phone data and kindles.  Our students and teachers alike have made a valiant effort to adapt to the strains and shortcomings of this type of learning.  Teachers have created bitesize videos to cover topics in the science curriculum during their daily lessons and we have used WhatsApp groups for everything from school extracurriucular clubs to class discussion and presentation groups.   However, remote learning is no substitute for in class lessons and all of the activities we have come to enjoy as part of the holistic nature of our education at USAP Community School.  We are all missing the strong learning community we forged first term.

We are excited that in line with the Ministry of Education's phased reopening COVID19 plans, we will be reopening USAP Community School and welcoming back our inaugural class of students on Monday, October 26.   Our COVID19 reopening plan has been approved and we will bring back our students for two weeks of quarantine, before our boarding school community becomes a bubble that can hopefully interact fairly normally, with precautions and safeguards placed on those coming in and out of school, rather than those who will be safely on campus for the remainder of the year.

Our applications for a few class to join us in January 2021 are out with an October 26 deadline.  We are excited to go through the selection process to bring in a new vibrant class to add to our growing school.  We have also hired five new TAs to ou junior faculty, while the first crop are now settled in university and will be hiring two new teachers to start with us in January.

This past month has also been a very exciting part of our fundraising campaign.  As we celebrated 20 years of USAP through 20forUSAP@20, we had over 125 people run, walk or cycle 20 kilometres or 20 miles in 9 countries and 27 of the 50 states of the United States on September 20.  Thank you for all who continue to support us as we get closer to our goal of buildng our permanent school site.  

 

With continued gratitude,
Rebecca/Mai Mano and the rest of the USAP Community School and Education Matters team

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Sunset over USAPCS
Sunset over USAPCS

Greetings from Zimbabwe.  I just got back home from spending a week at our school, empty save for a few of our junior faculty who elected to stay there to be able to complete university online courses that they had started with Pioneer Academics.  While peaceful, there was a certain emptiness on campus, reflecting the fact that really the magic in our school is our middle name - Community.  Without the students' determination and cheer, the quirky intellectual humor of our faculty, the labor together that keeps our campus clean, waters the garden and feeds us all, there is no school.  

Second term would have opened for Zimbabwean schools on May 5, but here, two weeks after that date, we are still on lockdown, scattered across the country.  However, the spirit of USAP Community School continues - we have increased the intensity of our remote teaching and have diverted to a full teaching schedule.  Faculty and student are in "class" together in WhatsApp groups.  Teachers create "Khan Academyesque" videos which students download the night before their lessons.  They spend the first 20 minutes of class watching the video and then embark on an assignment that the video leads to - their teachers and TAs and classmates are there in the app group ready to lend a hand when they face a challenge or have a question.  

And we are together in other ways - the Media Club shares their now famous weekly hashtags and "quotes of the half week" and explanantions of ecommemorative days, students from our accapella group often share voice notes of beautiful singing on Sundays at the time we would have Quaker meetings and our Head of School still sends weekly letters to the students.  As much as possible, we are building our community  - together while apart.

Our students have impressed us with their resilience and service during this time - reflecting our school values as they adapt to our current COVID-19 world.  One travelled for 12 hours, mostly on foot, 40 km to move from his village location to a factory where his uncle works in search of electricity to be able to attend our remote classes on his phone.  Some have been the beacons in their neighborhoods to share COVID-19 prevention awareness, setting up handwashing stations and providing infomation by whatsapp.  Others are tutoring neighborhood children and siblings, setting up lessons for kids of all ages.  Some have voluntarily undertaken the not so inviting work of cleaning public toilets and clearing brush around wells.  Others have planted gardens at home so their families will have a source of food during the lockdown.  

Maintaining our school, though not open, comes at a cost - we continue to pay operational costs such as rent, salaries, health insurance and security while incurring new costs like data and purchasing sanitation and PPE supplies to prepare for reopening.  During this difficult time, we thus come to you, our supporters, and especially those of you who support us monthly through recurring donations, to thank you .  Thank you for your belief in our students and in our community.  Without you, we wouldn't be together during this time apart.

USAPCS Inaugural Class 2020
USAPCS Inaugural Class 2020
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Education Matters

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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Project Leader:
Rebecca Zeigler Mano
Harare, Zimbabwe
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