The Dublin Province of the Redemptorists (DPR), with funding support from Misean Cara, have been long term supporters of Mavambo Trust who work with orphaned and vulnerable children, and their caregivers, in the communities of Mabvuku and Tafara in Zimbabwe. SERVE manages the implementation of this project for the DPR.
On 4th December, 41 students (aged 8 to 12) graduated from Mavambo Learning Centre (MLC) and their Accelerated Literacy and Numeracy Programme. The event brought together students, teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings and representatives of the local government and ministry of education, who were all there to congratulate and celebrate the fantastic achievement of these young learners.
MLC’s Accelerated Literacy and Numeracy Programme gives children, who have never been to school before, an opportunity to catch up, learn and grow in a safe environment so they can join the formal education system once passed. The programme not only focuses on their academic skills but also fosters creative learning, drama, music and life skills.
SERVE’s Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Julia Haimlinger, represented the Dublin Province of the Redemptorists at the graduation and was present to witness the fruits of these skills. The graduates performed a play showcasing what children rights mean to them, sang, danced and read out some of their own poems. Julia was delighted to be there and witness all the joy and laughter. It was particularly beautiful to watch the proud mothers, fathers or grandparents embrace the children once they received their certificates. The official ceremony was followed by a big party with lots of food and dancing.
The DPR are proud to see the importance and impact of this long term partnership and wish all the graduates and their families the best as they move to formal schools.