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 and therefore have so much to offer young girls in their communities. The girls will also be taught a handicraft skill to give them a life skill to help support their families and contribute to their own educational needs
By 2019 it is hoped there will be Mentorship groups running with 10 girls in each group, scattered around townships of Harare. Each group lead by a past Makomborero girl student. Heads from local schools will help 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 obtain a high school qualification, possibly progress to Sixth Form and University or obtain a Vocational Qualification.