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A total of 20 council primary schools and over 400 students benefitted through the China-Zimbabwe Friendship Scholarship an initiative that was introduced by the China-Africa Economic and Culture Exchange and Research Centre (CAECERC).
CAECERC is a nongovernmental organisation that has partnerships with Zimbabwean community-based organisations to support projects run by youths and underprivileged families in high density suburbs.
In an interview with the Review and Mail, CAECERC deputy general manager Donald Rushambwa said the initiative benefitted 20 primary schools and over 600 students through scholarships and stationery.
“The scholarship initiative started by giving 33 students from 3 universities which include MSU, NUST and U.Z with full scholarships for the duration of their studies at those universities. Beginning of 2022, it was extended to council primary schools and it will also be further extended to government primary schools and High schools by the end of the year,” said Rushambwa.
Rushambwa added that through CAECERC, a total of 600 pupils were given fees and stationery.
“In addition to the 20 council primary schools, 200 students received school fees and another 400 students were offered stationery,” he said.
Writing on their tweeter handle, the embassy of China in Zimbabwe said China is ready to support talented students in the country.
“Great program by Chinese community to empower young Zimbabweans and excellent private sector initiative complementing FOCAC capacity building program. Zimbabwe has got talents, China is ready to help make them shine,” wrote the embassy.
Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme welcomed the support and efforts by CAECERC in supporting the less-privileged students.
“We can confirm we are working them and they have attended to hundreds of our pupils in 20 primary schools. So it’s a programme that we have started with them, and the students will be funded until university and we are looking forward to some of them getting scholarships to go and study in China. This is a very good project for the City of Harare schools and we hope to grow this project so that we cover a lot of disadvantaged students in our schools,” said Chideme.
CAECERC under its social services and economic development department, is promoting various projects in the country. The media sector has been a beneficiary through the Sino-Zim Journalist Awards which benefitted journalists reporting on China-Zimbabwe relations.