Re-opening Ubuntu Free School

Campaign by  Ubuntu Learning Village, Gutu, Zimbabwe
$2,536.9 (45 donors)
63%
Goal is $4,000
63 Complete (success)

About this campaign

As you all know Since Jan 2020, we have been building Ubuntu Free School, a small budget and community-run learning space for children at Ubuntu Learning Village in rural Zimbabwe. Thank you so much for your support in the 9 months of our existence. It all feels like we have been at this for a very long time. Noticing how drawing from the assets of our global and local communities has gotten us this far in such a short period of time has been humbling.


Since January 2020, we have:
1. Mobilized the community to build the school and continue
2. Built supportive relationships with the local MP, Councillor, Chief, and officials at the Ministry of Education.
3. Built two classrooms,
4. Beautiful playground
5. Hired three amazing teachers (and amazing artists)
6.Hhave provided access to free education and nutritious lunch to about 45 children and counting ( We started with 32)


During Covid lockdowns in Zimbabwe ( and of course around the world), we continued providing learning to our students through a creative Physical Distance Learning (PDL) approach. With the PDL educators visit existing multi-family bubbles in the community to facilitate learning. We have three bubbles going and the children and their families have appreciated it.

Following the recent government announcement that children can return to school on November 19, we are preparing to host the children at the Free School Site.
We would like the children back in their learning space in the safest way possible.

To get us ready for the children, we will need about $4000 US urgently for
1. Running Water ( Fixing an existing Solar water pump and installing pipes)
2. Building sanitary stations
3. Making Cloth masks (One of our School Boards Members, saws masks)
4. Building two additional washrooms ( The community has already prepped the grounds, we need funds to pay the builder, buy cement, and roofing materials)
5. Purchasing Hand sanitizer
6. Purchasing Individual desks and chairs ( We need about 30 more)
7. Purchasing Food for the children ( $20 per day will get us enough to feed
8. Utensils ( Plates, Cups, Pots,)


History:

Currently, children as young as 5 years old have to walk about 6 km each way, five days a week to attend school. Moreover, school is costly, families are required to buy all school materials children need for learning in addition to paying monthly school fees. For many families this is very difficult.

In addition to these barriers, the education system itself is inadequate.
The commonly used approach to teaching in conventional schools is very authoritarian and not culturally relevant.

We want to change this by building a loving, co-creative, respectful, culturally relevant and arts-based learning environment for young learners.

Ubuntu Free School:
We are calling it a Free School for two reasons: First, families do not pay anything for it. They contribute to the learning of their children in other ways. And second, the Ubuntu pedagogy is freeing for the learner and aims to build a sense and practice of freedom and social justice. With Ubuntu learning the whole learner is fully engaged, encouraged and affirmed.

Use of Proceeds

Running Water ( Fixing an existing Solar water pump and installing pipes)
2. Building sanitary stations
3. Making Cloth masks (One of our School Boards Members, saws masks)
4. Building two additional washrooms ( The community has already prepped the grounds, we need funds to pay the builder, buy cement, and roofing materials)
5. Purchasing Hand sanitizer
6. Purchasing Individual desks and chairs ( We need about 30 more)
7. Purchasing Food for the children ( $20 per day will get us enough to feed
8. Utensils ( Plates, Cups, Pots,)

Teacher salaries
- Nutritious meals for the children
- Learning Materials (pencils, notebooks, chalk, etc)
- Building of a second classroom
- Complete building the playground
- building compost toilets
- building hand washing stations