Own Your Life Project
In our quest to encourage victims of sexual abuse to speak out about their experience, we will be embarking on various projects both in the UK and in Africa to help victims find their voice and seek justice.
Our charitable purposes are:
- the advancement of education
- the advancement of health
- the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
Our first ever project, the "Own Your Life" project focuses on the advancement of education. The purpose of this project is for our organisation to come together with the community and sponsor underprivileged primary school children with their education funds. A child deprived of education is one of the most vulnerable children in the world. We believe educating a child is the first step towards them becoming independent and taking ownership of their life. The first school we will be working with is Rupati Primary School. This school was opened in the year 1957 and is situated in the Gutu district, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe.
Since January 2015, Justice for the Silenced has successfully sponsored 3 school children from Rupati Primary school by paying for their school fees. With your support, we hope to see an increase in the number of sponsored children over time. We also hope as the organisation expands, we will be able to built a safer school for the children.
We have outlined a brief developmental plan for the school below.
RUPATI PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school is thirty kilometres North South of Gutualong Gutu-Chivhu tarred road to Matizha Business Centre. From the business centre, a wide dust road ,seven kilometres long to the west is used. There is a sign post to Rupati Primary at the 7km peg. From the sign post, a narrow dusty road to the east is used for 6.5km.
BRIEF SCHOOL BACKGROUND
Rupati primary school was opened in 1957 by the Roman Catholic Church under Father Graber with the help of the local community. It was opened after the realization that many children from the nearby commercial farms to the South of the school, and children from the communal areas to the North of the school had to travel long distances of about ten kilometres to surrounding schools.
The school's vision is to become the indisputable source and centre for academic excellence in Serima North Cluster in line with the academic, social, environmental and legal obligations emanating thereto. Their mission is to provide/equip our clients (Primary School) ,with necessary survival skills that will enable them to contribute in national development. Their values are: Honesty, Integrity and Competency.
INCOME OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AND EFFECTSON ACCESS.
The school getsits income from levies, BEAM, projects such as (i) a gum plantation(ii) a fieldand(iii) a garden, donations from Rotary club and UNICEF.
ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS
The dropout rate was very high from 2009. It has however dropped gradually and in 2013 the dropouts in the main stream was zero. It was due to improvement in economic situation in the country. The pass rate was not constant since 2008 to 2012. In 2009 the pass rate dropped to 0% due to economic hardships. Poor pass rate is attributed to shortage of text books, low attendance and automatic qualification of pupils from grade to grade.
A ratio of 1 text book per pupil is on Maths; English; Shona and Environmental Science. The prescribed subjects are adequately provided for. However a serious shortage is encountered in subjects such as Social Studies, Home Economics and Religious and Moral Education. The teacher tables/chair ratios fall far below the Minimum Standards. Six tables and eight chairs need to be bought to reach the 1:1 ratio. There is serious shortage of benches and desks. There is need to purchase 9 benches from grade 0-3 and 24 desks in order to meet the minimum standards. There is a shortage of 7 desks from grade 0-3 and 5 desks from grade 4-7. Two classroom blocks need to be constructed to reach the 1:1 ratio per classroom standard. There are no special classes and resource units, due to inadequate classrooms. There is need to construct two squat holes (toilets) for pupils. Tapped water tanks are enough but there is a great need to purchase tilting buckets.
Teachers’ accommodation need to be improved. Five teachers’ houses need to be constructed. Currently the ratio of teacher to standard accommodation is 4teachers: 1house. Seven standard houses are needed to meet the requirement.