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Tsitsi Masiyiwa honoured for education work

14/04/2017 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
Philanthropist Tsitsi Masiyiwa

ZIMBABWEAN philanthropist Tsitsi Masiyiwa has scooped an international accolade for her work in education.

Masiyiwa is the founder for Higherlife Foundation which provides access to education to disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe, Burundi and Lesotho. She is married to Econet Wireless boss Strive Masiyiwa.

“Zimbabwean philanthropists and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education.

“Over 250,000 children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation,” said hosts, New Women Forum in a statement on Thursday.

The New African Woman of Year award went to Gambia’s Women Affairs and Overseer minister Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan. Other winners were from Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tunisia.

The awards, which are in their second year, were held at a glitzy event at the Terrou-Bi hotel in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday and celebrate African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries.

Driven by her passion for technology and innovation, the philanthropist Masiyiwa and social entrepreneur developed an online smart learning platform, Ruzivo Digital Learning, which provides provides primary and secondary school content that is aligned to national curricula.

To meet the skill needs of out-of-school youth, Masiyiwa also co-founded the Muzinda Hub in Zimbabwe, which leverages technology to develop digital skills, provide mentorship on business and secure jobs for its trainees.

In 2016, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, honoured Masiyiwa with a doctorate degree of Humane Letters in recognition for the tremendous opportunities she continues to provide to both vulnerable and talented African children.

She sits on the boards of PATH and END Fund, is a founding member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and together with her husband, are members of the Giving Pledge.


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