Our first 2,200
Thank you to all of you who have helped us buy 2,200 textbooks!
It’s been a challenging year for everyone. Government schools in Zimbabwe reopened on 28 September to Grade 7 and Form 4 students, with the rest of students going back in a phased approach in October.
Unfortunately, teacher salaries are so low in Zimbabwe that teachers refused to go back to work, choosing to stay in the towns with their families, where the costs of water, electricity and rent are all increasing. Teachers finally came back to school at the end of November.
The education system in Zimbabwe needs all the help it can get!
The textbooks have been bought from Oxford University Press Southern Africa and are being distributed by partners on the ground, including Imvelo Safari Lodges.
From the 7th to the 12th of December 2020, Imvelo with the support of other organisations, including the Camelthorn Foundation, embarked on a Smile Roadshow. In an impressive logistical operation, the Smile Roadshow team visited 14 different schools along the southern border of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
The Community Wildlife Protection Unit (The Cobras) presented the importance of conservation to the children, practiced some drills with them and goodies were distributed, including toothbrushes, oranges, footballs and netballs, stationary and exercise books. This also included over 1,400 of the 2,200 textbooks specific to the Zimbabwean curriculum that were purchased by the Camelthorn Foundation thanks to all of its generous donors and friends!
Imvelo Safari Lodges
Imvelo Safari Lodges
The 14 schools that received textbooks are all very remote, disadvantaged and suffer from a number of pressures including poverty, human-wildlife conflicts and drought:
Ngamo Primary School, Ngamo Secondary School, Kapane Primary School, Kapane Secondary School, Ziga School, Mlevu School, Mtshayeli School, Mpindo School, Sipepa Primary School, Sipepa High School, Jakalasi School, St Mary’s School, Sihazela School, St Joseph’s School.
As schools close for the 2020 academic year, teachers and students are ready to kick off 2021 with new textbooks!
Siyabonga from all of the children and teachers you have helped!
Find out more about our campaign to supply rural teachers and children in wildlife areas with textbooks here