Only a small proportion of youngsters in Zimbabwe have a chance of further or higher education. With support from the Kavli Trust, a fund is now being established to give deprived young people there the opportunity to continue studying.
This venture is the brainchild of Sabona, a small and personal organisation working in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North province since 2003 to assist the local population in helping themselves.
It wants to contribute to greater prosperity and higher living standards, and strengthens civil society by allowing locals to shape their own daily lives and future. Projects derive from local requirements and initiatives, and are run by people in the area.
By establishing the education fund, Sabona and the Kavli Trust can support pupils who want to continue studying after completing secondary school. High fees and insufficient information about opportunities mean that many drop out of education early.
The political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe means that the education sector has received little or no state support in recent years, and few can afford further studies.
Unemployment in the country is high, and many travel abroad to find work. Matabeleland is the most neglected Zimbabwean region, and very few of its young people have opportunities to continue studying. An education fund will accordingly be very important for them.
Grants will be made from the fund to underprivileged youngsters seeking to begin further studies in both vocational and general subjects or higher education.
A particular priority will be given to girls, partly because they are unable to obtain further or higher education and because they often get taken out of school to contribute at home or if they become pregnant.
It is accordingly particularly important for Sabona to help ensure that girls in the area covered by its project have the opportunity to attend school.
The Kavli Trust believes that education is important. It represents an investment in a common future, and is crucial for economic progress in poor countries.
Learn more about Sabona (in Norwegian only) at www.sabona.no.
Want to know more about projects supported by the Kavli Trust? www.kavlifondet.no.