ZimPAS Highlights – March 5, 2015

Key Highlights

  • Visiting American hip hop group, Next Level, concluded their tour of Zimbabwe after staging two cross-cultural shows at the Book Café and in Glen View [Norah?] last weekend. The visiting Americans were full of praise about the performances of Zimbabweans who demonstrated that they had already mastered the hip hop music genre like their American counterparts.
  • Congratulations to Edson Gandiwa, one of the Zimbabwean young leaders who attended the inaugural Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2014, for being honoured with the 2015 CIC Young Opinion Thesis Award for his PhD, “The Numbers Game in Wildlife Conservation.”  Dr. Gandiwa will travel to Bulgaria in April to the CIC General Assembly where he will speak and receive his award.
  • Read this interview with American-born Zimbabwean actress and playwright, Danai Gurira, on her play, The Convert, now at the Marin Theatre Company.  The play is set in Zimbabwe (at the time, known as Rhodesia) in the late 1800s, and it tells the story of a Shona girl who gets out of a forced marriage by converting to Christianity and becoming the student of an African evangelist.
  • Best wishes to team Zimbabwe as they compete in the African Junior Track and Field Championships this week in Ethiopia.
  • Secretary Kerry had the opportunity to speak at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on March 2nd — at a time that represents an extraordinarily important moment, not only for the future of the HRC, but also for human rights around the globe. He underscored the United States’ commitment driven by the country’s founding values, and the conviction that international peace, security, and prosperity are strengthened when human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected and protected.

On Our Calendar

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015; 3 pm- Food for Thought “Learn how to apply to the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program”in a presentation by Mutsa Machimbidzofa and Julie Blitzer, U.S. Embassy Harare  The program provides modest grants to assist small-scale community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level.  Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 2 pm: EducationUSA Advising Center conducts a New Member Orientation seminar, PAS Auditorium. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015; 3 pm “Mentoring Matters: the Case of the Women’s Development Dialogue,” a presentation facilitated by WDD Coordinator, Dorothy Adebanjo. Mentorship is not merely advice. It is a bilateral commitment between two people, based upon mutual trust and a commitment. The commitment of the mentor is to provide advice and help to the mentee with the mentee’s best interests in mind. The commitment of the mentee is to be ready to listen to the advice and take the help and act upon it. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, March 18th 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 American universities.
  • Friday, March 20th 2015; 8 am- Binga Career Fair- The purpose of the Career Fair is to provide opportunities for young people to learn more about career options. A major objective of this fair is to provide networking and mentorship opportunities between students and professionals. The Career Fair will provide a platform for professionals to share information about career paths to motivate students. Contact: Binga2020@gmail.com for more information.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015; 3 pm “Investing in nutrition: An important piece of the development puzzle” ‘‘Without good nutrition, people’s lives and livelihoods are built on quicksand’’ (International Food Policy Research Institute 2014). Join Themba Nduna, Nutrition Advisor at USAID Zimbabwe as he dissects this important topic. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 3 pm: “The role of the youth in the fight against corruption,” a presentation facilitated by Dumisani Mthombeni, ZERO Tolerance-Wise Consultancy, who notes that, “The youths are no doubt the future leaders of our nation and corruption is a lethal menace in our society, therefore, the culture of integrity, transparency, accountability, service delivery and good governance must be imbibed by our youths to pull the nation out of the ills of corruption in order to avoid remaining at the bottom of the ladder of human progress and development.”  Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

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

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