The applications for our inaugural class at the USAP Community School are in! Coming in from all 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe, from top Form 4 students in rural, government, high-density, refugee camp and mission schools from all corners, they arrived to drop off points in Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, and Harare and through priests and parishes, from school trucks and by scanned by Whats app and email.
A team of recent USAP alum have sorted and databased the over 400 applications for the 45 spaces in our school and now the selection process begins. A selection committee drawn from USAP alum from over the years and Education Matters staff will read through the applications, which include essays, short answer questions, academic results and letters of recommendation. We will choose about 100 finalists which will go into the pool for in-person interviews.
We are incredibly excited to select our pioneer class! Thank you again for your support that makes this transformative school, hope when set against the background of the current crisis in Zimbabwe, possible.
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:
ethos of giving
demonstrated leadership potential
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!
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.
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.
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