GIFT OF EDUCATION
WE SPONSOR VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
ZOF Africa sponsors underprivileged youths in Zimbabwe (aged 15-24) to attend vocational and higher education courses.
We work through partner organisations on the ground to support and monitor these educational grant programmes. Our longstanding partner organisations are Emerald Hill Children’s Home and St Joseph House for Boys.
We have sent over 60 underprivileged youths to attend vocational courses. These courses give them basic technical skills to help them gain employment and sustain themselves in their adult lives.
The main teaching institutions we provide scholarships to are Harare Polytechnic and Bulawayo Polytechnic.
Examples of vocational courses we have funded include (noting that the girls apply to the course of their choice) Sewing & Dressmaking; Baking; Hair Dressing & Cosmetology.
Short 3-week course: $200 + $100 for expenses (namely materials & travel).
Full 3-year diploma: $800/year. Additional expenses amount to up to $1500/year for room (namely room, board and travel).
Higher education courses
We connect financial sponsors to high achieving students applying to University who cannot afford the fees.
Financial sponsors are typically individuals who care to support a high achieving, underprivileged student through their university studies. They also typically play a mentor role, engaging monthly or quarterly with the sponsored student to guide them towards a successful career path.
WE CONDUCT CAREER COUNSELLING,
CV BUILDING, BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOPS
WE CONDUCT CAREER COUNSELLING, CV BUILDING, AND BUSINESS PLAN WRITING WORKSHOPS
ZOF Africa runs two workshops for 15-20 year olds living at St. Joseph’s House for Boys and Emerald Hill Children’s Home.
During the Career Counselling & CV workshop, mentors help students develop their career aspirations, advise them on gaining relevant experience to achieve their aspirations, and teach them to write their CVs.
In the Business Plan workshop, the boys and girls brainstorm on different business ideas fit for the Zimbabwean economy, and subsequently write a business plan around their ideas. ZOF volunteers give their time for these activities, so they are at no cost to donors.
We have sponsored computer literacy classes and certificates for 150 underprivileged adolescents in Zimbabwe. The certificates are for an International Computer Driver License* (ICDL/ECDL) for students to enhance their job prospects.
Interviews with students who have passed the ICDL at Emerald Hill Children's Home revealed a number of benefits associated with the certificate, including:
The students have developed a tangible skill that is useful in almost every job sector in Zimbabwe and abroad
The difficulty of the exam has empowered most of the students to work harder at school. In some cases, students felt confident enough to re-take exams they had previously failed (such as O-levels).
Having never handled a computer in their lives, most of the students were introduced to a new field of study and became interested in pursuing studies or jobs relating to computer science.