Three new years of higher education for Zimbabwean youth

Sabona and the Kavli Trust have again come together to provide the most disadvantaged students in Zimbabwe with the opportunity for higher education

«My hopes for a future had almost disappeared until I got the opportunity to join the close and welcoming Sabona-family. Together with the Kavli Trust, you funded my studies and changed my life. It’s hard to describe how horrible my situation would have been without you.”
– Edward Taboka Gwebu

«I’m studying biology and biochemistry at a technical college in Zimbabwe. Education is the only way to freedom, but I could not afford it. It was crucial for me that the Kavli Trust and Sabona helped me. Without them, I wouldn’t have had a future, but now I can dream, and watch my dreams come true. I am eternally grateful!”
– Victorious Nomathamsanga Majazi

These are quotes from students who, since the collaboration began in 2015, have received funding from Sabona and the Kavli Trust. Now, even more people will get the same opportunity for higher education.

The new, three-year collaboration agreement runs from 2018 to 2020. Its main goal is to create positive societal change through education.

Sabona is a small organisation working in North Matabeleland, the most neglected area in Zimbabwe.

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Together, Sabona and the Kavli Trust made sure that these young people get access to higher education. Up until now, 18 students have finished their degree with funding from the scholarship program. Photo: Sabona

The organisation works with education and employment, and helps the local population become able to support themselves. The projects are products of local needs and initiatives and are run by locals.

“This creates solid, efficient and sustainable projects,” says Lars Riddervold Nordin, CEO of Sabona.

So far, Sabona has educated more than 12,000 children, and they serve more than 300,000 school lunches every year.

Due to the economic crisis in Zimbabwe, unemployment rates are high. This has caused large-scale brain drain.

“Since the 2000’s, a third of Zimbabwe’s population has gone abroad for work, and many of these had higher education, for example teachers, surgeons and other important jobs,” says Riddervold Nordin.

Since then, the education sector has received little to no governmental funding, and very few can afford higher education.

“Even a principal in a primary school making NOK 3200 a month cannot afford it,” says Ynghild Solholm, founder of Sabona.

Through creating an opportunity for further education for youth, you ensure their participation in rebuilding their own country.

Ever since 2015, Sabona and the Kavli Trust have worked together to ensure that youth from North Matabeleland are able to finish higher education either at a university or at a university college.

Up until 2018, 18 students have graduated. 40 students are still enrolled with a couple of years to go.

“The collaboration with the Kavli Trust will ensure that these students can continue until they graduate, and that they can go on to contribute to developing Zimbabwe,” says Riddervold Nordin.

“The Kavli Trust’s work in Matabeleland is crucial and makes a big difference for the local population.”