ZimPAS Highlights – February 13, 2015

Key Highlights

  • Food for Thought has entered the Twittersphere!  Join the Tuesday afternoon dialogues weekly via Twitter using the hash tag #FFTZimThis week educationalists, including Dr. Pedzisai Ruhanya, Dr. Patson Dzamara and Rebecca Zeigler Mano, discussed the relevance of theeducation system in Zimbabwe.  If you missed the dynamic session, catch the main points on #FFTZim and feel free to add your opinion to the conversation.
  • Ambassador Bruce Wharton recently commended the Zimbabwe Agricultural Competitiveness Program (Zim-ACP) for upgrading the status of women in the country’s agricultural sector where they now played various leadership roles. The recently concluded four year program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development partnered with farmer and other organisations to develop programs aimed at empowering and mentoring leaders in agriculture, mostly women.
  • Most U.S. Defense Department personnel who deployed to West Africa to support the U.S. Agency for International Development and international partners in fighting Ebola at its source already have returned to their home stations, and nearly all will return home over the next two months, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said February 10.
  • The United States want to increase trade with Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans can take advantage of the high demand for textile products. However American markets demand high quality products which are within Zimbabwe’s capacity to attain.
  • Congratulations to Zimbabwean students Joseph Mahiya for being named best essay writer in the fourth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. Organized by Multichoice and Eutelsat, the essay contest is a unique pan-African competition that sparks interest in science and space technology in young African students. There were over 1, 000 entries from 14 countries. Joseph attends Hellenic Academy on a Makomborero Scholarship.
  • Black History Month feature- addressing a painful past: since 2005, the program Coming to the Table, based at Virginia’s Eastern Mennonite University, has been working to bring black and white descendants together in a spirit of reconciliation and dialogue. The first step is often the hardest.

On Our Calendar

  • February is Black History Month! We have scheduled a series of poetry sessions to pay tribute to the heroes, sung and unsung, of African-American history. See the list below for an event near you:
  • Saturday, February 21st 2015, 2 pm in Chitungwiza- Venue: TBA
  • Friday, February 27th 2015; 3 pm at the Turner Memorial Library in Mutare
  • Saturday, February 28th 2015 public performance in First Street in Harare

 Contact zwusaa@gmail.com for more information

  • Tuesday, February 17th 2015; 7.10 pm: Don’t miss the next episode of Fact File on Star FM, 89.7kHz (Harare).
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015; 3 pm: Food for Thought: Topic discussion session:  “Black Poetry in Motion: honoring the history and contributions of the Civil Rights Movement” / presentation facilitated by Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

EducationUSA & Schools Sports Network will be giving two public presentations in Bulawayo:

  • Tuesday, February 17th 2015; 5 pm: Study in the U.S.:  Everything Parents Need to Know.  EducationUSA presentation for parents of A Level Students on the process of applying to and financing U.S. university study. Venue: Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo
  • Thursday, February 19 2015; 3 pm:  Applying for Sports Scholarships in the U.S. – Presentation by EducationUSA and School Sports Network: American Corner,  Bulawayo Public Library; Cnr Fort Avenue/ 8th Street, Bulawayo
  • Wednesday, February 18 2015, 3 pm: Interested in studying in the United States? Join us at PAS, 7th Floor, Eastgate, Gold Bridge for an introductory group advising session that reviews the steps for applying for admission and scholarship to US universities.
  • Deadline – Friday, February 20th 2015: The International Center for Journalists is seeking candidates who, despite difficult circumstances, produce pioneering news reports or innovations that have great impact.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 3 pm: Food for Thought discussion session. Topic:  “Wealth Creation: How to make your money work for you” / presentation by Rudo Nyangulu, Stimulus. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Deadline: Thursday, February 26th 2015: Applications are open for the Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) to be held in Zimbabwe from August 20-25, 2015. YYAS is a six-day, residential program designed for high achieving African secondary school students interested in attending university in the United States. YYAS brings together Yale’s world renowned faculty and students, as well as local experts in their fields, in a curriculum designed to expose participants to pressing global and African issues. The program prepares students for the college application process and helps develop their potential as future leaders. High school students with 2-3 years left before graduation (graduating in 2017 or 2018, or in the Zimbabwean system current Form 3 and Form 4 students) and are 18 years or younger at the time of the program are eligible.
  • Deadline – Friday, February 27th 2015: Cartier seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs for the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is a business plan competition aimed at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led companies, in all countries and industries.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, have a great week!

Karen Kelley, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare