High Standards for All

We currently provide scholarships to fifty children. The youngest is in preschool and the oldest is about to begin a degree in community development.

Being consistent about our expectations for this many children has been challenging at times, but last year we worked closely with teachers, children, and C4C staff to identify the minimum requirements acceptable for children at each grade level. Taking into account how long the child has been a part of C4C and the age of the child, we have linked our expectations to funding, and now have a very clear incentive program to keep children in grades 1- form 6 on track.

Pippa Henderson, the founder of Tsungirirai Orphan Care Centre, was a loving, generous, and kind woman who valued hard work and honesty. Known as ‘Gogo’ (‘grandmother’ in Shona), she provided thousands of vulnerable children a chance to succeed. We honor her legacy with this incentive level.

Pippa Henderson, founder of Tsungirirai Orphan Care Centre valued hard work and honesty. Known as ‘Gogo’ (‘grandmother’ in Shona), she provided thousands of vulnerable children a chance to succeed. We honor her legacy.

The first year- Henderson Scholars

We have discovered that there is an adjustment period necessary for new C4C scholars. Coming in, children may have major gaps in their education as a result of staying home with a dying parent or because their guardians couldn’t pay school fees. As much as they want to succeed, they often need time to catch up first. So instead of penalizing those who don’t meet our high expectations in their first year, we have instituted a program where Henderson Scholars attend mandatory extra lessons and have frequent check-ins in order to provide whatever academic or emotional support they need in their initial year with us. Regardless of their grades, they are given a full uniform and all the school supplies necessary to do their best work.

Moving up – Incentive levels
In their second year, things change. This is when students are assigned to one of three incentive levels depending on their school performance. The “level” they are assigned changes every term, and they are given support, incentives, or consequences in accordance with their results. We used to purchase a new uniform for every student at the start of the year and then replenish school supplies each term. We have now broken up the items we distribute so that they are “earned.” Those students who have outstanding performance receive more than those who have average performance. And those who do poorly, receive only the bare minimum until they bring their scores up.

Bethany Sager is an educator known for having very high expectations for her students. She has inspired hundreds of people to give to C4C over the past 10 years, and with her guidance, many children have learned how they can make a positive impact on the world.

Bethany Sager is an educator known for having very high expectations for her students. She has inspired hundreds of people to give to C4C over the past 10 years, and with her guidance, many children have learned how they can make a positive impact on the world.

 

Sager Scholars
C4C children whose grades meet our expectations (A’s, B’s and maybe a few C’s) are called “Sager Scholars” and are provided with their school supplies, plus two new school uniform items at the start of the term. In some cases it’s new shoes and a new school shirt, in others it might be a sweater and pair of trousers, or a socks, underwear and a track suit. If any of these children want to have extra lessons, they can request funds, but we do not require they attend tutoring.

 

Jane Hale has spent much of her life teaching the power of literacy. As a university professor, she pushes her students to think not only about the impact they might have on the world, but also on the ways in which the world has impacted them. She encourages lifelong learning and exemplifies what we hope for in all our students.

Jane Hale has spent much of her life teaching the power of literacy. As a university professor, she pushes her students to think not only about the impact they might have on the world, but also on the ways in which the world has impacted them. She encourages lifelong learning and exemplifies what we hope for in all our students.

 

Hale Scholars

Students at this level have exceeded our expectations and are doing outstanding work across the board (they have an A average). If they aren’t already in boarding school, students who perform at this level are eligible for it the following year. They are provided with a bigger allowance for school supplies and uniform, and are able to go on school trips. Any students who maintain “Hale Scholar” status for the entire year are treated to a special dinner with their guardians in December.

 

Level 0
Unfortunately, we do occasionally have children who fall below our expectations (C average or below), and while we used to provide these children with school supplies and uniforms, we no longer do. Instead, we use funds to pay for extra lessons, which are mandatory for any students who are at “level 0.” If a child remains at this level for an entire year, and there were not extenuating circumstances, they are removed from our roster and do not receive a scholarship the following year.

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