Empowering women in ruraral area by educating and teaching them skills to be able to be productive
Since Dr. Tererai Trent initially established the Tererai Trent International (TTI) (aka Tinogona Foundation) in 2012, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation (TOWF), with the technical expertise of Save the Children (STC), dramatically improved the educational environment for thousands of children in the community of Matau as well as in the surrounding communities in northern Zimbabwe. This has been accomplished through the development of proper school infrastructure combined with the enhanced training of the school staff and providing universal access to quality education. TTI humbly credits Ms. Winfrey for catalyzing the process of implementing Dr. Trent's dream of developing an effective primary school in her home village.
Since the completion of the new Matau Primary School and library in 2014, TTI has spent a considerable amount of time and energy determining the effectiveness of the work that had been accomplished. There is a high level of satisfaction in the community as well as in the country. More importantly, positive results are being seen in test scores in the school. In a 2009 nationwide survey, results indicated that less than 50% of students passed their seventh grade exams (a series of tests which serve as a major educational milestone in Zimbabwe). On a micro level, in 2009, when TTI started working with Matau Primary School, only 14% of 7th graders passed their seventh grade national exam. Since that time, test scores have improved dramatically and last year, 35% of Matau grade 7 students passed their grade 7 tests. This translates to more than 210 additional students passing the test each year. This is a very large performance increase so early in the life of a program that should continue to show signs of improvement over the next several years as students fully matriculate through the system.