Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe

by Emergination Africa
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Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe
Skills training for 200 learners in rural Zimbabwe

We are ecstatic to announce that soon we are launching the Emergination Africa (EA) Virtual Innovation Accelerator! An exciting, empowering and life changing programme for our learners, teachers and schools. The EA Virtual Innovation Accelerator will see 8 National Business Case Competition (NBCC) student entrepreneur teams from 2020 get an opportunity to implement their business ventures.

This program is an opportunity for Emergination Africa to accelerate the development of National Business Case Competition (NBCC)student entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Allowing them to create economic opportunities in their communities through innovative ventures aligned to the SDGs.

The National Business Case Competitions (NBCC) have trained and upskilled high school business teachers. Additionally, the national competition’s high potential student entrepreneurs have been identified and nurtured by teachers to create product prototypes and pitch them. These high potential students continue to be channelled towards opportunities such as university, seed capital, accelerators and membership to our growing community.

During the Virtual Innovation Accelerator, the 8 student teams will move across four phases of the programme that is Prepare, Pitch, Realise and Learn. This is to help them realize their business ventures through seed capital and skilled practitioners that will provide facilitation and project advice. These student teams will also have the additional support of their teachers, digital advisors and the EA staff.

With such programmes, we move closer to realising an Africa where all young people are equipped to create opportunities for themselves and others.

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Introduction

The year 2020 was a challenging year for Emergination Africa just as it was for a lot of organisations facing the global pandemic. The resilience and dedication of our team and commitment to saving our communities encouraged us to continue delivering our programs despite the difficult environment. To close of the year Emergination Africa managed to successfully deliver National Business Case Provincial Competitions and a National Finals Evaluation.

NBCC 2020 Provincial Competitions

By adhering to strict COVID 19 regulations Emergination Africa successfully delivered provincial competitions across 8 provinces with a total of 20 Secondary High Schools meeting and presenting physically their solutions to panels of judges. Each school represented by 5 learners managed to present their business venture and prototype and judges provided direct feedback to the teams and ultimately came out with a provincial winner. 8 teams proceeded to the national finals evaluation.

NBCC 2020 National Finals Evaluation

The NBCC 2020 national finals with the COVID 19 situation in Zimbabwe had to be carried with a different approach, as learners and teachers could not meet up and present their final pitch before judges. We resorted to judges evaluating pre-recorded videos of learners presenting their solutions and judges deciding on a national winner competing for the first place was Queen Elizabeth High School, John Tallac, Mzingwane High School, Northlea High School, Mazowe Boys High School, St Dominic’s Chishawasha, Jameson High School and Hippo Valley. The solution by Queen Elizabeth High School of developing Biodegradable Diapers highly impressed the judges as they came out as first place national winners.

Virtual Master Class On Learning Difficulties

To kick off the year Emergination Africa in collaboration with Sonimind conducted a week-long virtual master class that worked with 5 teachers from our current programs. The purpose of the training was to provide awareness and accessibility of mental health related services in African schools. We conducted research on the need and impacts of ‘Upskilling African Secondary School Teachers’ and as evidenced by the data we collected; the teachers believe that they need upskilling in teaching learners with learning disabilities.


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In line with the National lock down restrictions by the government of Zimbabwe in response to the Covid 19 pandemic Emergination Africa had to come up with creative strategies that insured that learners continued to actively engage and prepare for the National Business Competitions. 50+ team captains adapted and demonstrated resilience during Covid 19 and continued to lead their teams. Some team captains fundraised and donated supplies (sanitary pads) to local communities, developed an appreciation video for all front line workers around the world and worked on activities related to the case. We have also managed to link one learner to a publishing house and a poetry  collection (Outside Voices) has come out of this relationship. The learners are changing the world one word and one activity at a time despite the challenges placed on them by COVID-19. Through your generous support the NBCC continues to inspire our learners towards making an impact in their societies. During the pandemic we managed to provide data and airtime to our  learners to enable them to fully engage in the NBCC activities. This has paid off and we are now ready to begin our NBCC 2020 Provincial Competition earmarked to start on the 29th of October 2020. 


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NBCC LEARNER PREPARATION CONTINUES VIRTUALLY

 

Emergination Africa has successfully managed to kick off the National Business Case Competition 2020 with 120 government, mission and private schools in Zimbabwe signing up for the program. The purpose of the program is to develop 16 to 18 year old learners to develop with the relevant entrepreneurial skills and competencies required to develop Africa's future economy. We pleased to let you know that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and school closure our learners have managed to continue with preparation before presenting their business ventures. From your generous contributions 10 learner captains from rural schools participating in the program have managed to lead their teams in developing their business ventures virtually as they continue to work remotely due to schools being closed. Below are some of the activities learner captains have been engaged in during the lockdown.

 

LOCKDOWN PHOTO AND VIDEO CHALLENGE

We are excited to present our top 3 winning pictures of the lockdown photo challenge with learners busy working on their tasks. In order to make learners work more fun and exciting during the lockdown, we lodged a lockdown photo challenge in the learners WhatsApp groups. In the challenge, learners had to post pictures while working on their cases at home. Interesting pictures of learners were received showing how dedicated and engaged they were while working on the business case exercises. We also posted a team captain video challenge on our social media pages and in this challenge, team captains had to record a 5 minute video clip telling us how the NBCC journey has impacted them and the leadership lessons they have drawn from the role of being a captain.

 

TEAM CAPTAIN SPOTLIGHT

We are excited to spotlight Tapiwa, the team Captain for Gokomere High School in Masvingo. Emergination Africa is driven to bring out the best in learners by identifying, nurturing and channeling talent and passion. During the lockdown, we recognized the positive work that Tapiwa is doing. He became Emergination Africa's first Honor Student to receive and honor badge. The honor is in recognition of his determination, focus, drive and a promising future. During lockdown, Tapiwa is ensuring that the Gokomere NBCC team continues to work on their case using the teams WhatsApp group.

 

TEACHER COACH SPOTLIGHT

When teachers evolve, education progresses. Here, we spotlight Mr. Muzungu of Nyatsime College in Harare. During this lockdown period, we have also managed to identify more engaged teachers as schools continue to work on their cases using WhatsApp platforms. Mr. Muzungu remains engaged and actively involved in facilitating the work of his team. He has shown that the classroom is not the only place where meaningful engagement can take place. Having gone through the Teacher Training Program, he utilizes 21st century strategies by providing problem based and research-driven tasks that allow for interactive learning during group discussions online. Using facilitative strategies and creating an environment in which learners are free to express their ideas has kept learners involved and active carrying out the NBCC 2020 tasks. By adapting to personal and social change, lifelong learning occurs.

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schools in Zimbabwe signing up for the program. The purpose of the program is to develop 16 to 18 year old learners to develop with the relevant entrepreneurial skills and competencies required to develop Africa's future economy. We are pleased to let you know that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, our learners have managed to continue with preparation before presenting their business ventures. From your generous contributions 10 learner captains  from rural schools participating in the program have managed to lead their teams in developing their business ventures virtually as they continue to work remotely due to schools being closed. Below are some of the activities learner captains have been engaged in during the lockdown.Emergination Africa has successfully managed to kick off the National Business Case Competition 2020 with 120 government, mission and private schools in Zimbabwe signing up for the program. The purpose of the program is to develop 16 to 18 year old learners to develop with the relevant entrepreneurial skills and competencies required to develop Africa's future economy. We are pleased to let you know that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, our learners have managed to continue with preparation before presenting their business ventures. From your generous contributions 10 learner captains  from rural schools participating in the program have managed to lead their teams in developing their business ventures virtually as they continue to work remotely due to schools being closed. Below are some of the activities learner captains have been engaged in during the lockdown.


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Training for Business Studies Teachers in Zimbabwe

Emergination Africa successfully trained 81 Business Studies teachers from 81 government, mission and private schools in Zimbabwe. The purpose of the training was to train teachers from schools that will participate in the National Business Case Competition (NBCC) this year. The teacher training program served as an opportunity to equip, empower, excite and enlighten teachers with relevant competencies that will aid learners in developing, perfecting and presenting their business ventures. From your generous donations 27 teachers from rural government schools in Zimbabwe were able to attend the teacher training. At Emergination Africa we strive to foster teacher inclusion as teachers will be the first point of contact with our learners and pivotal to the development of learners’ mindsets and attitudes toward opportunities. Below are some of the activities teachers went through during the training from all 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe.

Teachers Developing Solutions Based on a Business Model Canvas

Across the 10 provinces, teachers had the opportunity to engage in completing a business model canvas as a prelude to the activity they are supposed to facilitate in their schools as they seek to find solutions to an identified business challenge within their communities and provinces. The business model canvas exercise falls under Prototype Development, a key module key to our NBCC this year. Learners, through their teacher coaches, will be expected to develop new business ventures using the business model canvas as a guide. Ensuring that teachers are knowledgeable on the components they are supposed to lead students through is a critical element of the NBCC’s identify, nurture and channel process. Teachers left the workshop more enlightened on business development and innovation strategies than they were before.

Teachers going through a culture and mindset change and ICT tools Session

Culture and mindset change is the cornerstone of learner development, thus teachers went through a session in which change of attitude toward learners, technology, teaching methodologies and learning outcomes were discussed. Teachers indicated that there are many challenges associated with the introduction of ICT in education such as lack of ICT tools and embedded attitudes towards change. The session on culture and mindset change raised much debate. It emerged that future workshops would require school heads, ICT teachers and NBCC teacher coaches to be present for progressive dialogue to take place. Teachers were excited to learn of various applications they can use to unlock learner knowledge and increase participation. Below are responses given by teachers using Mentimeter.

 


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Prince M Abudu
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