Using Technology to Enhance the Re-introduction of Education amongst the Most Vulnerable Girls in Zimbabwe

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Key Information

A $50,000 grant from 60 million girls will provide accelerated learning, school fees, uniforms and psycho-social support to 110 primary and 100 secondary school girls, and send 120 vulnerable girls to the annual community camps for psycho-social, sexual and reproductive rights and career counselling. In efforts to meet the needs of children whose education is threatened, the addition of the Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) is an important component of the project. The possible benefits of offline resources and technology are many. It will mean that children who are re-entering school will do so with the valuable skill of knowing how to use technology. In addition, children already in school and in need of extra tutoring and support could access the MLL privately, and those temporarily forced to leave school could continue to study, communicate and learn. The girls targeted in this project are girls living with HIV, girls living with a disability, girls living with a chronically ill caregiver, girls living in grandmother-headed households, the daughters of female sex workers, and girls living on the street. Mavambo will also target adolescent girls and young women by offering access to part-time or continuing education, through the Mobile Learning Lab. Boys will also benefit from the grant through access to the Mobile Learning Lab, which would be, in part, a public learning service available to all children.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2019 -


Stephen Lewis Foundation; Mavambo Trust (Mavambo Orphan Care)

Ministry Affiliation



COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Mentorship
  • Other
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


8 - 12

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • None

Participants include

  • Homeless/street children
  • Other
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Peer mentors
  • Teachers as mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees
  • Uniforms

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased progression to secondary school
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced STI/HIV/AIDS
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being