- Posted on 25th January 2010 by Nicola Holden
This weekend my wonderful Zimbabwean friends, Mark and Laura Albertyn and their two children, Matthew and Zoe, came to visit. This photograph was taken on Saturday morning as we walked along the Regent’s Canal.
Mark and Laura are currently living and working in the UK, but they have a vision to move back to Zimbabwe in July this year. Mark feels there is a huge need for A-level studies in communities where HIV and other socio-economic factors have forced gifted young adults to cease their education and attempt to find employment in order to support their family.
Their initial plan is to take over the running of an A-level Centre in Turf, a rural platinum mining town 2 hours drive outside Harare. Premises have been obtained through partnership with a local government senior school and temporary classrooms have already been built. The Turf A-level Centre started operating in March 2009.
From there they hope to expand to Hatcliffe Extension in Harare, where they will set up the next A-level Centre. Hatcliffe Extension is a particularly poor and deprived community, and has been identified by the Ministry of Education in Zimbabwe as being the high density area to start the second centre. It is an under developed area, situated in the north of the capital city Harare, that would benefit greatly from this facility.
The A-Level centre will have a Science/Business A-level subject slant. These are traditionally the subjects in greatest demand by gifted students who want to progress to University studies in medicine, engineering and business management degree courses.
|Mark and Laura are working in partnership with a UK based charity, Makomborero (a Shona word meaning “blessings”), set up to aid the relief of financial hardship and the advancement of education in Africa.|
For further information about their vision, or to offer your support, please do have a look at their website. My company, Nicola Holden Designs, is supporting Makomborero through the donation of photographs for their 2011 calendar which will be on sale later this year. Further support will be offered as my company grows.
- Posted in Charity