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Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe

by Emergination Africa
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Build an Edu-Tech Hub for 400 Students in Zimbabwe
Students taking part in the panel session
Students taking part in the panel session

Emergi Hub for students in Zimbabwe

 

 

Exploring Careers in Technology Panel Session

Pictured below, our fellows had the opportunity to interact with practitioners in the technological sector from Silicon Valley through a live global video panel session. The students had a firsthand view on what motivated these professionals to their different fields (product developer, programmers, marketing analysts) and what takes place in the event that a new feature to a product like WhatsApp is needed. All in all, the students enjoyed the panel session and we believe that it provided a much more detailed view of the technology sector.

 

 Students Mock Interview

Through our Emerging Fellows program, students from St Dominic’s Chishawasha had the opportunity to learn from professionals on how to develop their C.Vs , Resume and Cover letters as part of their professional development toolkit training. Pictured below is a student from St Dominic’s Chishawasha going through a mock interview through a live video call with a professional mentor. Students were assessed on their elevator pitch, personal branding and the ability to communicate professionally.

 

 

 End of Program

After adding our finishing touches to this year’s cohort, Emergination Africa’s admin team bid farewell to some of the St Dominic's Chishawasha Emerging Fellows through an in-house graduation ceremony where they were awarded with certificates of completion. This group was very enthusiastic and we look forward to hearing about their great achievements as they continue their journey into the world. We had a great time with the 2018 Fellows, however the show must go on! As we prepare to onboard our next cohort from St Dominic’s Chishawasha, we look forward to continuing our mandate to mentor the next generation that will see to Africa’s transformation by not only creating opportunities for themselves but for others as well.

 

A panelist sharing on software engineering
A panelist sharing on software engineering
A student going through the Mock Interview
A student going through the Mock Interview
Bidding farewell to St Dominic
Bidding farewell to St Dominic's Chishawasha 2018

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Our 2018 cohort of Emerging Fellows from St Dominic’s Chishawasha are the 2nd group of students to benefit from your generous support that contributed to the successful setup of an Emergihub for 400 students at St Dominic's Chishawasha.

 Careers in Finance Panel Session

 Pictured below, our fellows had the opportunity to discuss careers in finance with Zimbabwean professionals from the World Bank, KPMG, and an Analyst from a leading US pension fund. Our fellows were exposed to different global finance careers through panelists describing their roles in their current position and what a typical day is like for them at work. An example was of a typical day for an infrastructure finance specialist at the World Bank working with governments around the world helping them raise finance for large infrastructure development projects in their respective countries. Importantly, the panelists explained to the students what it took for them to get from high school in Zimbabwe through to a high flying career in finance and professional services.

University Readiness Panel Session

Our fellows had the opportunity to learn about the initial steps towards getting ready for university and the tools and methods required to successfully creating their first university applications. The panelists that participated on the panel were students from Oxford University in the academic fields of Electrical Engineering, Biochemistry and Global Health Sciences.

Applying to Universities in The UK and South Africa

Our fellows had an intimate conversation with students from Universities in the UK and South Africa around preparing their applications as well as aligning their studies with career opportunities. The students learned about the scholarships, quality universities and importantly how to put their best foot forward in their essays.

 Distinguished Speaker Series

As we continue exposing our fellows to professionals in various careers through virtual panel session, we also ensure we provide platforms for our fellows to interact in person with professionals in Zimbabwe's diverse industries. We recently hosted our 2nd Edition of the Distinguished Guest Speaker Series a concept that we adopted which serves as part of our Emerging Fellows Program. The distinguished speaker series is a sequence of events that provide a platform for Professionals, Motivational Speakers, Executives and young upcoming Entrepreneurs across Zimbabwe's diverse industries to directly contribute to the professional development, and etiquette of secondary school students, the event saw over 130 students from four different schools in Harare attending, also professionals from technology and Finance companies participated in the event.


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Our Founder addressing Min. of Education and team
Our Founder addressing Min. of Education and team

Education innovation in Zimbabwe has been accompanied by an increased need to nurture youth talent and participation. Emergination Africa has been at the forefront of engaging students with technology to enhance learning and connectivity. With your continued support, we have been tirelessly working on contributing to the learning and education of students in Zimbabwe through our Emergihub.

In 2017 alone, the Emergihub hosted 8 panel sessions, which included career talks in finance, technology, and policy. Students video-called and connected (in real-time) with professionals from global organizations such as Nike, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Deloitte, and Salesforce. In addition, students held work-sessions on resume-development and college/university application with their mentors in the UK, Germany, USA, and South Africa.

Furthermore, the success of the Emergihub and the overall EA program has prompted interest among education stakeholders in Zimbabwe. Our Founder and Executive Director, Taku Machirori, had the opportunity to address key policymakers on the impact of our work. These key people included Professor Mavima, Honorable Minister of Secondary and Higher Education, Dr. Utete-Masango, the Permanent Secretary of Education, and Provincial Directors from all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.

Ultimately, the goal of the Emergihub is to provide space for students to enhance their learning and career development through connecting with professionals and mentors globally. The Emergihub has provided a place for students to achieve this goal, and our hope with this project is to continue building similar spaces in all of Zimbabwe.

Students learning about leveraging technology
Students learning about leveraging technology

The past 3-months have been filled with numerous activities to ensure that our goal for building an Emergihub for students in Zimbabwe comes to fruition. The team has been undertaking some research on additional spaces, resources, and compliance information to ensure that all our activities are above board and meet the necessary quality standards. We have sourced an additional thirty computers from Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science. Oxford University has been incredibly generous and supportive of this initiative, and we are thankful to all our partners who continue to support us.

With the number of computers that we have mobilized, we are facing the challenge of safely shipping them to Zimbabwe. We are mainly encountering the challenge of excessive customs duty fees and shipping costs to bring the computers to our students in Zimbabwe. We are working tirelessly to engage with our networks in the public sector to help us provide this public good to the students in Zimbabwe. We hope to leverage our relationships with the government and other education agencies to ensure that students get access to these resources.

As we are working to provide educational resources to students in the Chishawasha region, we recently hosted a pilot business case competition, a concept that we adopted after the 2017 “Welcome to EA Day” held at St. Dominic’s Chishawasha. The competition focuses on real cases that businesses, society, and the country at large face. The pilot case tasked students to present a 3-year strategic plan to get Zimbabweans in rural and remote locations (namely peasant farmers, cross border traders, laborers and small businesses) to fully adopt cashless transactions and payments to ease the country’s economic woes. Participants were Form 5 (11th grade) students from St. Dominic’s Girls and St. Ignatius Boys high schools. St. Dominic's Girls ultimately won the competition with their stellar and detailed 30-minute presentation.  The Business Case Competition will be aired on the Zimbabwean national television to over 6 million viewers. In addition, we are in talks with sponsors to roll-out the competition later this year to all 10 provinces in Zimbabwe, and provide high impact mentorship and internship opportunities to top performing teams.

Students presenting at Business Case Competition
Students presenting at Business Case Competition
Computer Equipment for Emergihub
Computer Equipment for Emergihub

The computer equipment, pictured here, are part of Emergination Africa’s resource mobilization efforts to provide technology access to students in Zimbabwe via our education- technology hub, Emergihub. Thanks to Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science, we were able to secure more than thirty monitors and twenty personal computers that will be used to provide access to the internet, mentorship, and online skills courses for young Zimbabweans. We are inspired when donors like you believe in our vision of advancing Africa’s transformation through educational mentorship and skills transfer. 

As we continue working towards fully establishing our Emergihub, your generous support has been instrumental in providing students with access to some distinguished professionals from around the world, including those in the technology and finance fields.

Pictured below, our fellows had the opportunity to discuss careers in finance with professionals from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Shape Security, and Nike. Our fellows worked with the panelists on various business cases. For example, our fellows discussed a Nike expansion case study, and provided recommendations on resources that Nike would need to scale its operations in 20 African countries. In addition, fellows worked on a case focusing on development finance, and provided high level analysis on due diligence that the World Bank should consider if it were to provide a $1 billion loan to Zimbabwe.

In our second panel session, our fellows at St. Dominic’s School had the opportunity to connect with professionals based in Silicon Valley, and discussed careers in product management, data analytics, and software engineering. The fellows presented a mock case on the introduction of a new mobile health insurance product, and worked alongside the panelists. The fellows went over the process of what product managers do, and how they make key decisions. Fellows further learned about the role of a software engineer and data analyst in the iteration of product management.

We will keep you updated as this project progresses. Time to sign off for now, the students next mentorship session is about to begin!

Finance Panel Session
Finance Panel Session
Technology Panel Session
Technology Panel Session
 

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Emergination Africa

Location: Mount Pleasant, Harare - Zimbabwe
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Project Leader:
Tongai Makoni
Mount Pleasant, Harare Zimbabwe

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