The Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) is playing a key role in empowering underprivileged girls and young women in Stoneridge through an educational program targeting school dropout, Nhau has learnt.
The five year program enrols girls and young women between the ages of eight and 18 including those who cannot afford to go to school, at hubs that meet for lessons twice a week at Stoneridge Primary school.
They are given basic life skills including literacy and how to enumerate, something that helps them in running different income generating initiatives.
The program is supported by Plan International Zimbabwe running under the stewardship of Edison Matewe, a control supervisor of Community Educators.
“We have enrolled 144 adolescents who managed to pass their interviews,” Constance Nhokwara, one of the community educators, told Nhau.
She said students are regularly monitored on their progress.
Nhokwara attested that though their progress was slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, they employed the use of modern technology through online lessons.
SURGE is currently training students under their care how to make homemade face masks which are in turn sold to support livelihoods.
The program is credited for giving young women a fighting chance in a community where marriage is viewed as the only option to escape poverty. Nhau/Indaba