ZimPAS Highlights – February 6, 2015

Key Highlights

  • Robert Telchin, Senior International Trade Specialist with the United State Department, was in the country where he held discussions with business and entrepreneurs. Here are some thoughts by Upenyu Makoni written from one of the meetings about doing business with the United States.
  • The Zimbabwe Agricultural Competitiveness Program- Zim- ACP- which has received funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday shared lessons learnt over the past four years working with 14 farmers’ organisations to improve their leadership and advocacy skills for the benefit of their members.  The program has strengthened the organizations’ ability to engage in more productive public and private sector dialogue to address economic agricultural concerns.
  • The innovative partnership between our EducationUSA Advising Center and the Schools Sports Network has in its first year seen five Zimbabwean student athletes receiving full scholarships to study in the United States this month.
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting “is a story about global health. In many parts of the world, it is carried out by untrained practitioners, with no anesthesia, using blades or razors that aren’t cleaned between uses. Afterward, girls are at risk of hemorrhaging, recurrent infections, complications in child birth, and even death,” writes U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell
  • February is Black History Month and here is an excerpt what President Obama said: “As we mark National African American History Month, we celebrate giants of the civil rights movement and countless other men and women whose names are etched in the hearts of their loved ones and the cornerstones of the country they helped to change. We pause to reflect on our progress and our history — not only to remember, but also to acknowledge our unfinished work. We reject the false notion that our challenges lie only in the past, and we recommit to advancing what has been left undone.”

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:
  • Thursday, February 5th 2015; 5.30 at the Book Café, Harare
  • Wednesday, February 11th 2015; 3 pm at the Gweru Memorial Library
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015; 3 pm at the American Corner at the Bulawayo Public Library
  • 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 10, 2015: 3 pm: Food for Thought discussion session: Topic:  “Do we have a relevant education system in Zimbabwe?” / facilitated by Dr. Charlton C. Tsodzo, International Development Consultant; Dr. Pedzisai Ruhanya, HR activist, Dr. Patson Dzamara, Entrepreneur; and Dr. Ruramisai P. Mabugu, Linguistics Dept. UZ. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Deadline – Thursday, February 12th 2015: 4 pm EST (Washington, D.C. time): The Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) Second Global Innovation Call is now open. The program is designed to source innovative technologies and business models at the intersection of clean energy and agriculture from prospective innovators.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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