In this week’s first post, I’d like to introduce Tariro’s current student of the month! Our student of the month program is a simple way of recognizing students who make positive contributions to their families and communities by demonstrating qualities such as academic achievement, dedication to extracurricular activities, or leadership. Each girl who is named student of the month receives a certificate acknowledging her contributions, as well as a t-shirt donated by the Zimbabwe Music Festival.
Kudzanai M. is Tariro’s current student of the month. Living in the high density township of Epworth, Kudzanayi, or “Kudzi,” received the nomination for showing great leadership potential. She is in the traditional dance ensemble, and has not yet missed a session without an excused absence. She is always one of the first few people to arrive at the session.
Kudzi has also been very helpful as a self-nominated representative of the Epworth girls. The new girls from Kudzi’s school are unable to personally visit Tariro’s library, which is located in Glen Norah; however, Kudzi has introduced herself to the new girls, and every weekend she brings their requests to the library. She also helps deliver sanitary ware and school supplies to the Epworth girls whenever needed. This has worked really well for the coordinator and the librarian, who now have a reliable way of getting books to Epworth without having to make a visit every week. The new girls in Epworth have already starting feeling very much like they are a part of the group, thanks to Kudzanayi and the other Tariro students at their school, Domboramwari High School.