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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
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

We are excited to announce that as January 2020 approaches, the USAP Community School applications are now open!  Applications are due on October 21, after which we will begin the intensive review process.  We will then travel the country to interview finalists until we have selected our first cohort by the end of November.  

If you know of talented economically-disadvantaged students who are currently in Form Four, please encourage them to apply using this link.   We are recruiting students from all over Zimbabwe who are writing their O levels this year and who meet all four of the USAP criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • ethos of giving
  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • economic disadvantage

We have added the link to the application in case you want to check it out.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to raise the funds to build the USAP Community School!

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USAP in the New York Times
USAP in the New York Times

We are very excited that New York Times columnist Frank Bruni featured USAP in an article in this past Sunday's paper.  If you have not yet seen it and are ready to be inspired, take a read here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/24/opinion/sunday/ivy-league-schools.html

As a result of this article and its wide reach, we have been receiving an uptick in donations from many corners.

 

As always, we are grateful for your continued support as we build the USAP Community School.  We are pushing on toward our January 1 start date.  The matching pledge we received of $500,000 is still active so all donations are being matched 100% - we have raised just over $93,000 toward that match at the time of this report.

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USAP 2018 Cohort On Their Way To College
USAP 2018 Cohort On Their Way To College

The last cohort of USAP based at Education Matters before the USAP Community School opens is off for university with over $7,728,2112 in scholarships and financial assistance.  This group of twenty nine USAP Zimbabwe students chosen from an applicant pool of over 700 will study in seven countries this month.  From all provinces of Zimbabwe, they 29 are pursuing a wide range of fields of studies at universities in Costa Rica, Ghana. India, Korea, Scotland, South Africa and the United States.    We are proud of them and look forward to the ways they will impact the future of Zimbabwe!

In other news, fundraising and work toward the opening of the USAP Community School moves full steam ahead.  We have met with Cambridge International Examinations and have ordered our textbooks for the first class of students.  The school will be offering Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Cambridge AS and A Levels.  All students will also partake of a Humanities Core reading and writing intensive English class, computer literacy and independent research projects to link their education to critical thinking around Zimbabwean current day challenges.  We are in the midst of the hiring process for our dynamic teaching staff.

We thank you for your continued support as we build the USAP Community School. Our matching donor is still active, matching every donation dollor for dollar until we reach their $500,000 limit.  It indeed is a great time to give!

We are grateful for your continued support as we build the USAP Community School.  We have enlisted a local Zimbabwean architectural firm which is committed to designing sustainable buildings that take advantage of natural light and are fitting for the local environment.    We believe that design reflects values and ours will reflect the values of integrity, service and equity which form the backbone of our school, as well as our commitment to sustainability and stewardship of our environment.

We are working hard to meet our $500,000 challenge grant through this platform alongside other fundraising efforts and thank you for your continued support which is allowing us to get there.  Please remember that 100% of your donations go directly to building the USAP Community School with a grant we have covering all administrative costs for running Education Matters.

As we continue to fundraise to build the USAP Community School, brick by brick, board by board, we have exciting news.  An extremely generous donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has pledged a $500,000 matching grant to match every donation we get from now through the end of June dollar by dollar.

This matching grant, if we can match it, will mean that we will have made significant progress toward our overall building budget for phase one of hte school.  We thank you for your support as we work hard to unlock the $500,000.  Please continue to support us and tell your friends about the transformative power of the USAP Community School!

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Education Matters

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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Twitter: @edmattersafrica
Project Leader:
Rebecca Zeigler Mano
Harare, Zimbabwe
$60,656 raised of $95,000 goal
 
673 donations
$34,344 to go
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