Chiedza Child Care Centre’s 25 students from urban areas of Mbare, Ardbennie, and Sunningdale received instruction throughout the 10 weeks covered in this report. The class met twice a week for 3, 5 hours after school on Fridays and Saturday mornings. The following topics were covered during this quarter:
Creative writing, Participation in Debate Competition, Field Trip to the National Art Gallery, Commemoration of World AIDS day-Churchill Boys High and 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
The student visited the National Art Gallery, in Harare. This was the first time for all 17 students who came on this field trip. The students were privileged to have a guided tour of the Art Gallery. They were particularly impressed with the exhibition on the city’s water sources and another on the progression of an artist’s life from a young woman to a mother. Another exhibition that stimulated much thought and discussion was an exhibition titled “Objects of Mediation”. This was an exhibition that showcased various drums, xylophones, instruments that were used in Southern and Western Africa to worship ancestors. The guide at that gallery asked the students to draw a comparison with religious places of worship now like churches and how they too use musical instruments. Many of the students come from a Christian background and it was enlightening for them to see the similarities in different belief systems/ faiths. We also discussed how the US is made up of many different religions and the importance of different religions.
16 Days Activism against Gender Based Violence
To mark this day, the class discussed what Gender Based Violence is and watched a 30 minute local film titled “Pfuma” which brought to light other issues such as HIV/ AIDS, early marriage for the girl child and the importance of education for the girl child. At the end of the film students listed various examples of Gender Based Violence that occurred in the film and how they can stand up against them in their own lives. Students were also taught on where to go if GBV does occur and how to counsel their friends if they go through a similar case.
Naison Jakana a Access student participated and won an interschool’s debate competition. The title of his speech was “Life is what you make it” Naison excels in this English class and he is a great role model to the rest of the class. He chooses to assist his colleagues with class assignments and often encourages them to read books from our library. We are very proud of his achievement!
Our Drama group had a chance to participate in the Drama Festival competitions held on the 30th of November at Churchill Boys High School.15 children accompanied by two staff members and one mentor, were present at the event. There were many events done including poetry, choir and drama .Many schools were participating though some of the school failed to attend. The event was sponsored by the Let Them Trust. The World Aids Day Drama Festival competition was mainly for the awareness of the rapid spread of the pandemic disease HIV and Aids. The theme of the event was ‘Let Them’, which called for the free participation of the children in this present world.
We had good time! Different schools performed well and this made the competitions more tough and challenging. Our Drama group was the first to be on the stage and the guys did well .The time our Drama group entered the stage the atmosphere in the hall changed as they entered in style. Even the spectators and judges confirmed this. We saw confidence in our children and this led them to be awarded with more marks. They only performed for less than 20 minutes and the judges were left with no option but gave what we deserved. The play was short and precise. The performance left the people craving for more; a clear indication that they really enjoyed the play .The play was full of exhibits and its content fell in line with theme of the event. The attire the children had dressed also contributed to the success of our group .This was the uniqueness of our Drama group over other drama groups. Churchill Drama group was our fear and they performed very well but did not manage to be judged the winners. More to that, some schools participate but their plays were not that good. Also Genius Mhlanga and Naison Jakana presented their poems and it was great. After all the schools participated the judges announced the winners and every participator got a certificate as a way motivating them. We were very excited to be nominated winners and all our children were very impressed about what they did.
We also took this opportunity to market the name Chiedza Child Care Centre and many people were eager to hear more about the centre. Many people promised to visit the centre and to our surprise we were invited to attend the launch of Harare City Library by Swedish Embassy on Thursday the 6th of December as guests.