Monthly Archives: April 2012

Poverty Decimating Education

Financial Gazette By Tabitha Mutnega 27 April 2012 That Zimbabwe’s rural communities have annual school dropouts of over 300 000 children, a primary school pass rate of 28,9 percent as of last year and a secondary school completion rate of 40 percent is shocking to say the least. In fact, it brings to question the […]

Virginity Testing in School: Zimbabwean schoolgirls tested without consent

The Daily Activist 23 April 2012 Reports of virginity testing performed on young Zimbabwean schoolgirls have been met with criticism from women’s and children’s rights groups who are decrying the practice as a violation of dignity and respect. The tests were carried out on Grade 7 girls at Tsetse primary school without parental consent; parents […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-04-22

Interesting afternoon at a school in Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town – much has changed for the better since I was last in Crossroads in 1982 #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-04-15

Come on Louis – Africa is behind you to get the Masters # Oosthuizen's putt lips out for eagle on the 13th – great shot – Africa rooting for you! Gets birdie and a 2 shot lead. Calmness personified! # This Masters is just too tight to call but Oosthuizen is still doing Africa proud […]

Who benefits from denouncing UNICEF text books under Education Transition Fund?

Sokwanele 14 April 2012 Imagine if the donor community had not joined hands and mobilised textbooks to the country’s primary and secondary schools, where would education be now? The voices that denounced Coltart are the very same people who brought our schools to a standstill in 2008. Once again these same people are deflecting blame, […]

Grim life for resettled kids

The Zimbabwean By Fungi Kwaramba 11 April 2012 Perched on bricks under umbrella-shaped savanna trees children at Estridge satellite primary school 15 km from Chinhoyi children try to learn. When it rains some do not turn up. For most the school is far away from their resettled homes. Winter normally sees a massive drop in […]

Muzhingi Wins Two Oceans Marathon

Radio VOP 8 April 2012 Three-times Comrades marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi won the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Saturday taking home the R250 000 prize money. The Zimbabwean athlete crossed the line in a time of 3:08. Henry Moyo from Malawi came second in a time of 3:08.35, while another Zimbabwean Collen Makaza was […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-04-08

I am delighted by Aung San Suu Kyi's apparent victory in Burma's elections today. Hope for Burma from a brave, principled lady. Makorokoto! # My web site has just been revamped. Go to – have a look and tell me what you think. # Just as law does not always equate to justice, so […]

The Road to Marondera

The Freeman By John Blundell April 2012   Volume: 62,  Issue: 3  Alice Chitumba Pangwai is a lovely African lady, just entering her sixth decade, with a big smile that belies her steely determination. Her mission: to deliver private high-quality education for those in the lowest economic bracket in Zimbabwe, some of the very poorest families […]

Zimbabwe’s 90% literacy rate disputed

AfricaNews By Misheck Rusere 2 April 2012 Zimbabwe’s much touted literacy rate of more than 90% has been disputed as having been outdated since the figures are based on data collected by UNESCO and the government more than a decade ago. We roughly estimate that the literacy rate for those over 15 is dropping a […]