Our 3-Pronged Approach to Education
1. Student Sponsorship
Zimbabweans value education, and the country has a literacy rate of 87%. Most parents in Zimbabwe aspire for their children to achieve a high school or even university education; however, students must pay for primary and secondary school, even public school, and, in a broken economy, many families struggle to afford the fees. As a result, many good students must drop out in high school. In fact, less than 50% of girls in the country are enrolled in secondary school.
The first education goal of Noah’s FARM is to open the doors of opportunity for good students to continue their education and build their future. These students have lofty goals and dreams—to help their community and country through medicine, engineering, environmental work, teaching, and preaching. You can help by supporting a primary student, a secondary student, or a university student. To date, Noah’s FARM supporters have helped over 500 students.
One student assisted by Noah’s FARM, Khulani Ndlovu, is working on his Phd. in Theology at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya where he is already being recognized as a leader.
2. Teacher Support
The second education goal of Noah’s FARM is to support local educators, beginning in the very low-income rural Riverdale school system. Zimbabwe’s state educational system is comprehensive, covering English, Shona or Ndebele, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Bible Knowledge, and a Practical Subject (such as Food and Nutrition, Fashion and Fabrics, Woodwork, Agriculture, Metalwork, Technical Drawing, etc.); however, teachers struggle to have the basic supplies to teach and one teacher may be responsible for covering many subjects and many age groups without the benefit of textbooks, materials, adequate facilities, technology, or specific training. As Noah’s FARM serves low income rural communities, we want to come alongside teachers and help to provide supplies and in-classroom support. Your donation for school supplies will ensure that students have their best chance to learn. In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
Three members of local churches who recently, as adults, completed their high school certifications and now are in their second year at a teachers college, thanks to Noah’s FARM.
3. Community Education
Over one-fourth of the children in Zimbabwe, including Central Zimbabwe, are stunted—meaning that they are significantly small for their age. Such stature is predictive of higher disease incidence, higher mortality, reduced cognitive development, and reduced earning capacity. At the same time, other conditions associated with an unhealthy diet, such as diabetes and obesity, are a growing concern. Interventions in other countries have found that providing community education can help improve the nutrition and health of mothers and children. In Madagascar, breastfeeding rates were increased from 42% to 70% after an information campaign!
Noah’s FARM is developing a strategy to provide both medical care and community education in rural areas in Central Zimbabwe. We will work with local volunteers to help mothers and children develop healthy diets, grow healthy foods, overcome barriers to breast-feeding, practice good hygiene, and receive the supplements and medical treatments that can improve growth and overall health. Your donations can help provide resources such as posters, pamphlets, and other educational items that engage children and families in learning about healthy choices.
Zimbabweans love their covo—a healthy vegetable! Community education can help to diversify diets for additional healthy choices.