ZimPAS Highlights – February 20, 2015

Key Highlights

  • The United States believes Zimbabwe has sovereign responsibility for its future, and any discussion that wants to ascribe blame on external forces obscures and delays the steps Zimbabweans could take to re-build and strengthen their country, said Ambassador Wharton said during the week.
  • Recent reports in some sections of the local media about US funding in Zimbabwe are misleading and inaccurate. Among these is the erroneous information asserting that the United States provided $850 million in funds to Zimbabwe NGOs between 2011 and 2014.
  • The NextLevelUSA, a hip hop academy that focuses on hip hop as a tool for social empowerment, conflict resolution, and development of entrepreneurship skills for artists, is in the country. Among other workshops, the group conducted a workshop in Highfield Glen Norah area at St Peters Kubatana. Don’t miss Fact File on Star FM next Tuesday at 7.10 pm to hear more about their visit to Zimbabwe.
  • Eight American-based investors, mentors to Zimbabwean and Zambian entrepreneurs who visited the United States last year on a Meridian International Fellowship Program also visited Zimbabwe this week sharing notes with local youth entreprenuers at various seminars.
  • The President’s new National Security Strategy provides a vision and strategy for advancing the nation’s interests, universal values, and a rules-based international order through strong and sustainable American leadership.  The strategy sets out the principles and priorities that describe how America will lead the world toward greater peace and a new prosperity.
  • Food for Thought has entered the Twittersphere!  Join the Tuesday afternoon dialogues weekly via Twitter using the hash tag #FFTZimThis week the Zimbabwe United states Alumni Association and the Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights facilitated a rendition and discussion session of several poems by African Americans.

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

  • Saturday, February 21st 2015: 5 pm:  Almasi presents a staged reading of “In the Blood”, by Suzan Lori Parks, arguably the most decorated living black American playwright with a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Genius Award. Venue: Zimbabwe Germany Society. Free entry to interested members of the public.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 7.10 pm: Fact File- Don’t miss this radio program on Star FM, 98.7kHz. Our guests are representatives of NextLevelUSA, a hip hop academy that focuses on hip hop as a tool for social empowerment, conflict resolution, and development of entrepreneurship skills for artists, is in the country. Learn more about the Next Level program here. Follow the Next Level program on Facebook and on twitter @nextlevel_usa.
  • 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