As in America, some children at Tsungirirai are skilled artistically and show incredible responsibility and leadership, but are not able to perform at a high academic standard. This may be due to a learning disability, or more likely, periods of time where the child was not in school while they were caring for a HIV positive loved one and/or their family could not pay school fees.
Years ago, when we started the technical school program, simply providing practical skills to these children was enough to ensure their employment. However, in the current economy we have found that they need some additional support to get their feet on the ground. Therefore, in an effort to make sure that their new skills can be fully utilized, each graduate is offered a small start up allowance to help get set up. This final funding has proven to be an essential key to their ultimate independence.
After spending his start up allowance on tools, permits and a passport, Spencer, a 2007 graduate of the Motor Mechanics Program at Young Africa, is now gainfully employed as a mechanic. Lisbon and Rodgers, also graduates of the Motor Mechanics Program, are both employed in Zimbabwe.
Margaret, after completing a program in business administration, purchased office wear and is currently employed as an office manager in Harare.
Delight, Tendai and Patricia finished their courses in basic and advanced dressmaking and now run small businesses in Norton.
In 2011 we have six students in technical school, two in motor mechanics, two in interior design and two in office management. We are very excited about this new group of enthusiastic children!
The cost of providing a Vocational School Scholarship ranges from $1000 to $1500, depending on the vocation chosen by the child. Click here to find out how you can get involved.