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British Embassy Harare represents the United Kingdom in Zimbabwe.
British Embassy Harare's main priorities in Zimbabwe are as follows:
- Helping create economic reform and sustainable development in Zimbabwe
- Supporting democracy in Zimbabwe
- Supporting development in Zimbabwe
- increasing business with Zimbabwe
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“We met Nomazulu, 15, who has learning difficulties. Through she's learned to bake & sell delicious scones. Others are using hairdressing skills they've learned"
Great read from CBM UK on the UK's Supporting Adolescent Girls Education programme
Plan International Zimbabwe
It was a bittersweet feeling returning to Zimbabwe in May to see our learning hubs, witnessing the benefits that the project has had for girls with disabilities, while also knowing that the five-year project is coming to an end in July.
We loved reading this article on Melville Nyatondo🇿🇼 who will soon begin her Masters in Applied Cancer Sciences at leading UK university .
The cancer researcher wants to make “personalised medicine in Africa as accessible as it is in the UK"
Spread This NewsBy Belfast Live BELFAST- An Ulster University student from Zimbabwe has said part of her will “always be a Derry girl” as she prepares to continue her studies at Oxford. Melville Nyatondo graduates from Ulster University’s Magee campus on Friday afternoon with a degree in Perso...
Nyoni is one of the targeted 5322 school leaders under the continuous component of the Teacher Effectiveness and Equitable Access for All Children ( ) programme being implemented in 42 districts by Education Development Trust Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. There is growing evidence that school leadership plays an important role in improving learning outcomes.
*BIG MOVE* - another Zimbabwean on her way to the University of Leeds 🇬🇧.
“I’ve been and it’s hard to keep calm”
Shamiso Masuka will be studying for an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management.
She is a junior civil and water engineer responsible for waste water in the city of Harare and has created a geo-fencing and cattle tracking system which has seen an increase in her organisation’s herd of cattle. Her future plan is to set up a system to convert ♻️ solid waste to renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
With so many world-class universities to choose from, Wales is a popular choice for many of our Scholars!
Dang Thanh Van is one such scholar who is pursuing her master’s in wildlife and conservation management at the University of South Wales.
‘As a nature lover, studying in Wales has been a dream come true… there are so many things to do and so many stunning places to explore, including Kenfig, Pembrokeshire, Snowdon, and the Brecon Beacons…’
Find out what else she loves about living and studying in Wales 👇
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A life in light: Mildred Moyo, lighting designer
Mildred Moyo stumbled on a theatre rehearsal in Harare 🇿🇼 and her life was changed. Now a lighting designer studying for an MA, interviewed her as the first recipient of a Bruford College 🇬🇧 scholarship
Q: What got you interested in lighting?
I came across lighting by chance. At that point I didn’t know what it took to be a light engineer. In 2003 while on a walk in Harare, I came across a building with doors wide open. I took a look inside, saw another set of doors that were closed. I opened them. It was the Reps Theatre. I had never been to a theatre in my life or even heard of it. There were people on stage, looking beautiful in their tutus. I watched them dance. Each time the lights changed, their costumes and skin tones would take a different shape. It was by far the most beautiful, magical thing I had ever seen. I had been hit by the ‘light bug’. As I walked home, I made up my mind that I was going to do whatever it took for me to be part of Reps and pursue the thing I had seen on the stage. A few weeks later I joined as a volunteer. My duties included cutting gels, coiling cables, patching, focusing, follow spotting, rigging, striking and more. It was at this theatre where I learnt all the fundamentals of lighting.
Q: The highlights of your journey?
It’s been a roller coaster. Lonely at times, incredibly amazing at other times. While I was at Reps Theatre, I was thirsty for more knowledge. In 2005 I got a job at the Zimbabwe German Society working on a production called The Frog Queen featuring some of Zimbabwe’s finest artists. I was responsible for the lighting, and I also played the role of the Frog Queen’s daughter. Then I met Mike Harrison, Lighting Designer at 7arts Theatre. He shared his work. I grew in confidence and began supporting Mike at HIFA, Shoko Festival, Oliver Mtukudzi concerts and other shows. My roles changed every year as I took on more work. I was eventually put in my own venue where I was the lead Lighting Designer and Programmer.
Q: Tell us about your scholarship at Rose Bruford – how did it come about?
In 2021 I applied to do my Masters in Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College 🇬🇧. During my online interview I was informed that they only take 8 people globally for the course. The tuition for international students is £20 000 and one needs £12 000 for living expenses. That was before visa fees and related costs. I had to raise this amount and was lucky that colleagues in the industry created a GoFundMe. But this was during the COVID pandemic and the fundraising initiative wasn’t successful. Bruford College recommended that I defer. I was devastated. However, in March 2022 I received an email from the College informing me that they had decided to offer me a tuition scholarship. My biggest cheerleaders, Paule Constable, Hansjorg Schmidt, Patrick Woodroffe were responsible for this. I was to be the first recipient of this scholarship. On September 18 2022 I left Zimbabwe for the UK and got on the plane for the first time in my life. I have since met all my heroes and I can tell you that they are even cooler in person. For the first time in a very long time, I was around people who love light as passionately as I do, and I felt ‘normal’. I will never be the same again.
Q: As your course comes to a close, what’s your biggest take away and what are your plans for the future?
In a few months’ time my course comes to an end. As I reflect on my journey with light, I am filled with so much joy and gratitude. My greatest take away from this is resilience, kindness and inspiration. This past year I received immense support and generosity from complete strangers who got me to where I am today. I found myself in rooms that I never dreamed I would be in. I have been hugely inspired by women I have seen working with light. Some are stage technicians, some lighting designers, some programmers and others are lighting educators and more. Lighting in the UK is a fully functioning industry. My plans are to stay in the UK a bit longer and learn some more so I can contribute to the lighting industry. I want to be an international lighting designer. I want to travel the world over in pursuit of my passion. My dream has always been to build a lighting or technical arts school and a theatre in Matopos (my home), particularly for girls.
Mildred M Moyo Rose Bruford College
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Clayton Fadzayi Chaparadza can’t keep calm, he’s been !
He is going to the University of Leeds 🇬🇧 where he’ll study for an MSc in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences
This could be you next year.
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Ambassador Melanie Robinson hosted a Value Creation Challenge induction where ten (10) start-ups started their journey on a rigorous three-month incubation programme. The final three will receive support to bring their ideas to life.
The UK is working with Old Mutual Zimbabwe, British Council Zimbabwe and EFT Corporation Ltd to support youth innovation and in the areas of sustainability, emerging tech, fintech and creative industries
An Embassy team was in Masvingo province on a programme monitoring visit with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and implementing partner Education Development Trust
Congratulations Patience Zirima and Jasper Maposa
Chevening Alumni Zimbabwe
Looking forward to your contributions to the alumni and the media landscape.
▶️ Local cattle market established,
▶️ Reduced transportation fees by 70% or eliminated entirely,
▶️ Farmers receive 100% payment,
▶️ Empowered farmers with knowledge and skills in livestock clearance, grading, and pricing.
Through the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF), the UK 🇬🇧 working with UNDP Zimbabwe supported cattle farmers in Lupane to establish an abattoir, which is transforming this rural community. The abattoir was created via public-private sector collaboration and also services the surrounding areas of Bulawayo, Binga, Bubi, Hwange, Nkayi, Tsholotsho, and Umguza.
READ the full story in UNDP’s 2022 annual report:
In the search for our 2023-24 cohort, we received more than 70,000 applications, so don’t be disheartened if you weren’t successful this time!
The standard across the board is always incredibly high, with many candidates applying multiple times before they’re selected.
To help you submit the strongest possible application when the next round of applications open in September, we've compiled the top feedback from our reading committees 👇- Chevening Awards (FCDO)
If you weren’t selected for the 2023-24 Chevening cohort, here is some feedback from our reading committees.
🌍 Inclusive Schools Conference 2023 🌍 Join us as we celebrate the power of inclusivity in education!
Educational experts, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, from 18 -20 July to discuss the importance of inclusive education.
Let's take a journey through the key highlights and the amazing strides taken for a more inclusive future!
For more information, visit Bit.ly/bcinclusiveschools
Tinashe Dhlakamah can’t keep calm. He’s been !
We’re excited to announce that he will be doing a Masters in Sustainability: Climate Change and Transitions to Net-Zero Economies at of Dundee.
Congratulations W Dhlakamah and welcome to the Chevening Awards (FCDO) family.
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Industrial engineer Allen Chafa from Harare had seen firsthand how time-consuming and expensive water monitoring and treatment could be - and yet how necessary it was in a country where cholera remains a threat. So he set out to create an app to ensure safe water was always on tap for residents of some of Harare’s busiest suburbs.
How did you come up with this app?
The Smart Water Application was inspired by the urgent need to tackle the issue of unsafe drinking water in Harare’s high-density suburbs in a cost-effective way. So I decided to create a technology that could offer real-time water quality monitoring to ensure the availability of safe water, whatever the source. It could potentially prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and improve overall public health. Also, my short internship at a Harare water treatment plant allowed me to observe the time and costs involved in traditional water treatment methods, which relied on expensive lab analysis and skilled personnel. I was motivated to create a system that could streamline the process and cut costs.
Was pitching your idea to the Royal Academy of Engineering nerve-wracking?
It was an incredible journey filled with learning and networking opportunities. The Royal Academy of Engineering provided me with a personal product mentor who helped me refine the product to meet customer needs and specifications. I also had valuable sessions with experts from many fields, including business and technology. I connected with like-minded individuals from across Africa, creating a supportive and enriching environment for my innovation.
How did you feel when you found out you were in the top 15?
It was exciting for my team and I to see our hard work and dedication recognised on a global stage. Being nominated as a start-up business and a young innovation entrepreneur by a prestigious platform is a significant honour. I was always confident in the potential impact of my idea, and with support from my colleagues at the University Of Zimbabwe and the National University Of Science And Technology, I reached the top 15. I encourage others to apply.
Tell us more about the team working on this project.
We were a team of five individuals working with advisors and professional mentors. The Southern Africa Engineering Education Network played a crucial role in creating a structure for the project and connecting us with other academics. Through this network, we were able to conduct research, which reinforced the project's aim to eliminate water quality issues in our community.
How do you think the app will help communities?
Though we’ve not made considerable sales, the app was successfully launched and is available for use. Firstly, the application provides real-time water quality monitoring, for up-to-date information. This, in turn, allows for quick responses to any water quality issues. This ultimately helps to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and ensure continuous access to safe drinking water. Secondly, it comes at a low cost, making it accessible to both businesses and communities, and it saves time. By implementing this technology, we aim to make a positive impact on public health by contributing to the elimination of waterborne diseases and improving the well-being of communities across the country.
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