Camfed giving girls a chance – The Sunday Mail

Date: September 7, 2012
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Name: Camfed giving girls a chance

Name of publication: The Sunday Mail

Name of Journalist: Phyllis Kachere

Date: 14 July 2012

Country: Zimbabwe

Theme: Gender Equality

Skills: Portrayal, Language

Genre: Opinion & Analysis

Gem classification: Gender Aware


“I was a girl. I came from a poor and polygamous family. And I belong to the Johanne Marange apostolic sect.” Ordinarily, these three circumstances would have sealed the fate of high-flying 24-year-old Miss Bridget Moyo and automatically rendered her a present and future beggar. Being a girl did not spare her the challenges peculiar to girls and women. “My education was considered optional; it was the first thing to be sacrificed in times of crises. My brothers, uncles and male cousins’ needs had to come first for the family in a community that believed the future of the family lay in these people’s hands. “It was automatic that the family’s resources had primarily to be spent on them,” Miss Moyo, whose father had six wives and 23 children, told hundreds of Guruve villagers, secondary school children, senior Government officials gathered for the launch of the US$19 million secondary education bursary fund for girls at Chifamba Secondary School. The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) released the funds that would be channelled through the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and are expected to enable 24 000 girls from poor families attend secondary school. Born and raised in Wedza district, Miss Moyo, a beneficiary of the Camfed secondary school bursary for girls, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the Women’s University in Africa.



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