5 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Educational Fund to Benefit 500 Orphans

About 500 orphans and other underprivileged children in Mwenezi are set to benefit from an educational fund recently launched by Zanu-PF Member of Parliament Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

The fund will start by paying school fees for 500 children in Mwenezi East and West by midyear. Mr Bhasikiti said chiefs from the district would be involved in selecting beneficiaries under the programme.

"We have roped in district chiefs who will deal with selecting beneficiaries."

He appealed to Government to expand the Basic Education Assistance Model programme in remote parts of the country. The launch of the Mwenezi Educational Foundation is expected to reduce the high illiteracy rate in the district.

Educational authorities said most primary schools in Mwenezi were admitting pupils without school fees to keep the enrolment at acceptable levels. The educational fund was launched to assist in mobilising resources to pay for the children's education at various schools. The Higher Education Examinations Council results for the November 2012 examination sessions are out. The students who sat for the examinations registered a 78 percent pass rate. Higher and Tertiary Education secretary Dr Washington Mbizvo made the announcement this week. Dr Mbizvo paid tribute to lecturers, students, examination staff and stakeholders involved in the national examination system and in the teaching and learning process. He said that their contribution had resulted in the achievement of a 78 percent pass rate. All regional co-ordinating institutions were advised to collect the results for their respective regions from the head office in Harare. -- The Herald.

Teen dies in firecracker accident

A 13-year-old Masvingo boy, Innocent Zambezi, died on Sunday after being seriously injured in a suspected firecracker accident. The teenager suffered fatal injuries on his face after the explosion.

He was rushed to Masvingo General Hospital but was transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he died on admission.

Ms Esther Zambezi, an aunt to the late Innocent, said the family members were not sure on what really happened although they suspected a firecracker accident.

"There was an explosion that attracted people to where Innocent was. He had just driven the cattle into the kraal around 4pm.

"His face was seriously deformed. The mouth and the jaws were shaattered and some three teeth fell off at the scene.

"Some are saying it was a firecracker, but firecrackers are not common in our village during the Christmas holiday," she said.

The boy's body was this week taken to his rural home for burial.

Blood bank hails young blood donors

National Blood Service Zimbabwe announced that the youths still continue to dominate blood donations by 70 percent and thanked the youth for their continued active participation in saving lives.

On December 7 and 8, NBSZ saw a total collection of over 1 600 units over the two days. NBSZ stressed the importance of teen donors on conscientising fellow teens of the importance of donating blood at the mobile clinics that visit their schools and become responsible citizens because by donating blood they are performing a great service to society.

Donating blood is a safe process carried out by professionally trained and experienced staff and far from it are the misguided and ill-informed ideas of HIV transmissions from the transfusion needles or the more common "fainting and sleeping into a coma".

As of September 30 last year, NBSZ had recorded having received 61 493 units. Their target was 75 000.

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