Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

2014, the Roger Federer Foundation and Child Protection Society have launched a new programme for early learning in Matabeleland North and South. The aim is to sustainably improve the quality of care and education in 80 community based preschools and thus facilitate school entry for around 12,000 children between 4 and 6 years of age in three years. The budget amounts to a total of CHF 680'000. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with three local community based organisations such as Uluntu Community Foundation, United Children of Africa and Christian Youth Volunteers Association Trust.  The envisaged outcomes of the program are following:

  • Increased number of children accessing ECD services: Each centre will have an average of 150 children. At the beginning of the intervention there was an average between 30 and 50 children.
  • Improved children development physically socially emotionally and cognitively:  The 400 ECD facilitators will receive a 2 week intensive training on ECD curriculum and mentoring on the job to enable them to build cognitive, psychosocial, emotional and motor skills of young children.
  • Improved nutrition and health status: School health assessments will be done in collaboration with the local clinics twice a year to check on children’s health and encourage immunization.  Issues identified will be referred for treatment to the local clinics and hospitals. Special ECD committees will start feeding programmes in collaboration with parents and the whole community. To ensure that the feeding programme is sustainable, the committee will receive extensive training in business management, record keeping and market linkages.
  • Improved child friendly and stimulating learning environment: 70 existing structures will be renovated to make them child friendly.  At least 10 low cost ECD centers will be constructed where there are no community structures that can be renovated. The ECD management committee will oversee the construction and mobilize the community to supply building materials and take an active part in the constructions.  There will be training in making indoor and outdoor play equipment.
  • Enhanced parental involvement and ECD skills: Parents will be fully involved in the activities at the centre. There will be care giving skills orientation through engaging the parents and caregivers in parenting forums.  A handbook will be translated to the local languages spoken in the areas. 

Our implementing partner Child Protecion Society

The Child Protection Society (CPS) is a registered national Non-Government Organization (NGO) established in 1952. The organization promotes and protects the welfare and well being of orphaned and vulnerable children.   The organisation has three main departments namely Advocacy, Community based Child Care Programme (CBCCP) and the Chinyaradzo children’s home. Services offered by these departments include social protection, Early Childhood Development (ECD), short term institutional care, Reunification and Community Reintegration for children in institutions.  CPS believes in a family centred approach and working with communities. In this spirit CPS is not implementing programs in the regions on its own but is collaborating with local Community based Organisations (CBOs) in many provinces of Zimbabwe.


Zimbabwe Facts

12 Mio
Compulsory education
6-13 years
Enrolment ratio
Illiteracy rate
17% of children under 5 are undernourished

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