Zimbabwean whizkid unravels day of the African child

via Whiz kid unravels day of the African child | The Zimbabwean. 17 June 2014

For 15-year-old Maud Chifamba, the youngest university student in Africa, yesterday was a significant day on the continent.

“It is a day that reminds us that the key to our continent’s sustainable future will happen through a new set of eyes, eyes with a transformed view of the African child. To quote a wise one: it is better and easier to build children than repair them. Thus today is a significant day on the continent,” so she says.

Indeed yesterday was that day of the year that brings the fifty-four nations of Africa, from Cape to Cairo, together to celebrate the Day of the African Child. The Day aims at raising awareness for the situation of children in Africa and on the need for continuing improvement in education. It also encourages people’s spirit of abundance to share something with a child of Africa. This year, the Day is being celebrated under the theme: “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa.”

“To the children of Zimbabwe I would like to say we have a lot of work to do, a lot of dreams to fulfill and must be even more determined to conquer challenges before us, including the stereotype that the world has of Africa. We must strive to make both our country and thereby our continent better everyday in every way possible,” says Chifamba, who scooped the Panel Choice Award at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards, a couple of days ago.

Chifamba has been using her story to inspire different people around the world. “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say: because of you, I didn’t quit.”

The Day of the African Child, in Zimbabwe, also comes at a time when we are experiencing shocking incidences of child abuse. Recently the First Lady, Amai Grace Mugabe, called for those who sexually abuse children to be punished severely or be hanged, citing an incident where a five year old girl from Gokwe had to be removed her uterus by doctors after being sexually abused by an uncle.

Section 19 of the constitution says tat the state must adopt policies and measures to ensure that in matters relating to children, the best interests of the children concerned are paramount. It also calls for the protection of children from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse and to ensure that they have access to appropriate education and training.




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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Need to know her biography

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    munya 8 years ago

    Some positives coming out of my motherland. There will definitely be a better Zim what with all this talent. Go my girl.

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    munya 8 years ago

    Herewith her partial biography

    As of 2012 Maud Chifamba was the youngest university student in Africa.[1] She was born in 1997 in Zimbabwe and was accepted to the University of Zimbabwe to study for an accounting degree.[1] She began attending in 2012.[1] She also received a US$9,933 scholarship from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Chairman’s Charity Fund.[2]

    Chifamba lost her father when she was 5, in 2002, before she started first grade. By that time, her mother was suffering from cancer and could not care for her and her brother, two years younger. This prompted Maud to fall under the care of a step brother, who at the time was residing at a plot he had been allocated during the land reform programme in Hunters Road,in between Kwekwe and Gweru, Midlands, Zimbabwe. In 2003 she started her first grade at a school named Hurudza primary scool.In 2005, when she was in grade 3, during the mid year exams, she was mistakenly given a grade 4 exam paper in which she scored 100%. the following term during the same year, she requested a grade 5 test paper in which she achieved the highest score. She proceeded to grade seven and she had 4 units. As Chifamba did not have money for high school she studied on her own(home schooled) and completed her Ordinary Level in just two years, that was 2009. She was later identified by the ministry of education and awarded financial assistance for her advanced level, upper six in 2011 and she scored 12 points.Her mother died of cancer that year. After making headlines internationally, Chifamba was awarded a $9,993 scholarship by the Zimbabwwe Revenue Authority. In 2013 Chifamba scored distinctions at the University of Zimbabwe, where she was studying for her Bachelor of Accountancy Honours Degree.[3] She wrote her Grade seven examination at the age of 10 and her A-level at the age of 13;.[3]

    In 2007 Chifamba was named the best student under the most difficult conditions in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. In December 2012, Chifamba was 5th on the Forbes Top 100 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa and she was also entered in the book of African Records as the youngest university student in the continent. In October 2013, Chifamba was a delegate at the launching of a Terre des Hommes Campaign for girls in Rome, Italy. On 25 October 2013, Chifamba shared the high table at the International day of the girl child celebrations with ministers and musicians. The event was hosted by UNICEF, held in Zimbabwe and she delivered a speech.