This project will help send back 21 orphaned and vulnerable children back to formal schools in Zimbabwe by January 2016. These are children currently learning through an out of school study group approach at the center. They had dropped out of school due to poverty, sickness and other economic problems. We have helped them to go through a catch up program and they are now ready to go back to formal school. The project will help them access formal education like any other child.
There are estimated 300 000 out of school children in Zimbabwe as a result of the protracted economic crisis. Poverty at family level has forced children to drop out of school or to never have a chance of starting school. Families are struggling to provide basic needs for children including payment of school fees. The project will benefit the orphans and vulnerable children who are currently being supported through the second chance program to go to formal school
This project will help to send some of the children who are currently attending the out of school study group to go back to formal school. There are currently 100 children being supported by Chiedza Child Care Center and of these 21 will be ready to go to formal school in January 2016 and this will create space for 21 more children out of school to benefit. This project will help pay school fees, buy uniforms and books for the 21 children for the whole year.
Education is the key to opportunities and unlocking potential in human beings. In investing in education the country benefits in having citizens who are better able to develop their nation thereby reducing poverty. It also reduces the exposure to immediate risks for children such as early marriages, unwanted pregnancies, drug and substance abuse and theft which are social ills. Literacy enables children to tap in the opportunities on the global market.