Pop-up Schools Curriculum – Year 1

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Project Code: ZIM-COV-ISC-P01


This project will support the development of literacy curriculum for informal ‘pop-up’ schools in Zimbabwe.  The curriculum, once developed by our partner, will be placed on the web for anyone anywhere in the world to use, making the impact of this project far greater than simply the number of students taught by our partner.  The pop-up-schools are designed to educate children sufficiently to be able to thrive in modern life, as well as assist in developing their characters so they have the traits essential to that thriving.  The English-based curriculum will be suitable for teachers who speak English as a second language who are also teaching students with English as their second language.


With the education system in Zimbabwe in a crisis state, our partner is working to educate vulnerable youths who have no other access to education.  However, rather than formal education, which is not suited to everyone, these pop-up schools teach basic subjects and character development, and work where the students live.  Classes are limited to twelve students and the teacher (known as a mentor) is selected from the same community and trained up in how to teach and motivate.  The students emerging from these informal classes are being equipped to thrive in the environment they find themselves in.


The budget will cover the costs of completing the literacy curriculum, including editing it and illustrating it.  The end step will be publishing it on the web.


There are a large number of extremely poor children who are no longer able to attend school across Zimbabwe, for one reason or another.  These students often struggle with the formal curriculum which is in their second language.  Without access to basic literacy and numeracy, these students will be stuck in intergenerational poverty and have little chance of accessing what few jobs are available.


  • Youths able to read and write and equipped with character traits which will enable them to succeed in life
  • Mentors given confidence and skills, showing the rest of the low—income community that they too can ‘make good’
  • Children saved from life on the street, drugs, prostitution and theft

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