Makomborero aims to see 1000s of girls stay in school through identifying vulnerable girls aged 13 - 14yrs and providing a Mentorship Programme that gives them hope and a vision for their futures beyond the social pressures they face. We hope to address, the gender imbalance we experience with our scholarship programme and to see more girls making it through to Form 4 and not dropping out at Form 2. This project will be a project run by Makomborero past girl students.
Due to the economic situation in Zimbabwe, girls face incredible pressure to drop out of school. Girls' education is often not a priority, and they feel they have no hope beyond leaving school before they are 15 years old and getting married. This has resulted in some girls in poor communities seeing no purpose in education. We know of cases of child prostitution, girl brides consenting to marriage, teen pregnancies, brothers education taking priority over a sister etc
We aim to inspire and show the girls that there is hope for a bright future. This will be through Mentorship classes run by past Makomborero girls who are from the same communities but have defied circumstances to achieve academically.We have incorporated young Community mentors for continuity. The girls will be taught crocheting to give them a life skill to help support their families and contribute to their own educational needs. They will network with inspirational local female leaders
In 2020 we have 3 Mentorship groups running with 10 girls each, scattered around townships of Harare. Each group led by a past Makomborero girl student and a Community Mentors. Heads from local schools will identify vulnerable girls in Form 2. The criteria will be based on various factors that hinder girls from continuing their education. We want to see more girls empowered obtain a high school qualification, possibly progress to Sixth Form and University or obtain a Vocational Qualification.