Vimba means ‘hope’ in Shona (Zimbabwe’s native language) and we are a small charity established in 2007, and registered in the UK in 2008. Vimba is apolitical and purely focused on raising funds to assist a number of designated projects throughout Zimbabwe, typically in the rural areas where the most vulnerable and destitute communities reside.
Background to Vimba’s Mapere Project of 2014/5
Mapere Primary School, where Vimba runs a centre has been the main primary education facility for the surrounding farmlands in Concession. The plight of the residents in this area surrounding these farms has worsened over the years. By uplifting the standard of education of the children in this area, we will give these children the opportunity to gain skills that will empower them beyond their families’ current socioeconomic status.Our Goals and Aims for the Mapere project were:
- Build two classroom school blocks
The number of pupils that attend the school has increased, partly due to Vimba’s support at the school and some of the children have had to learn under a tree, in all elements (rain, cold, heat) due to there not being enough classroom space.
- Convert an existing building into a learning centre for interactive learning
Rural Schools in Zimbabwe do not use interactive technology or computers in the schools. This form of media as part of their curriculum is vital for the stimulation and education of children that are entering into a workforce in today’s society.
The benefits of the learning centre are immense and will put Mapere Primary School at the forefront of a vision that Vimba has for education in Zimbabwe. To highlight a few:
- Computer literacy will improve students educational and job prospects
- Diversity of learning through online educational programs
- The learning centre could also be used as a lecture room for visiting educational lecturers
- The computer lab would also benefit the community through computer training services, held after school hours and thereby improving their opportunities for success in the job market