HIS is celebrating!
We are excited to be turning 30 this year, and we are going full out. Rather than hold a single event, we held our launch assembly (Please see here) on September 30. At this event, we were awed by music and heard wisdom from our longest staying community members. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Thank you, Honourable Haritatos, Mr. Mapheus Mack, Señora Carolina Charsley, and Alex in Grade 12. And each grade level made contributions to our time capsule - I wonder where we’ll all be in 30 years, in 2052, when HIS celebrates its 60th anniversary!
The next event was a gala dinner for adults only (sorry students), on October 21, and the final celebration is our Warthog Family Festival to take place on November 19th, featuring Jah Prayzah, Ammara Brown, Gemma Griffiths, and Denim Woods. All of these events could be inward facing, hurray HIS! In true HIS warthog spirit, we look to give back, to pay forward, to not only be good, but to do good. In early stages of planning these events we discussed which organisation we should support beyond the HIS walls. We chose the Dzikwa Trust. Our relationship with Dzikwa Trust started back in 2008 when an HIS student was inspired to support the Trust, and supported the reforestation programme. In 2009, a group of 152 Dzikwa children participated in an HIS sports day. Through the ongoing work of the HIS student team affectionately called DZ, under the current guidance of Svodai Zvirawa, this relationship has flourished. And as part of our 30th anniversary, we are raising funds to support the IT Scratch programming initiative at Dzikwa.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting The Dzikwa Centre. From one child in 1993, the Trust now supports nearly 400 children from 4 communities, including Dzivarasekwa. Two thirds of these children are girls, showing its commitment to being a girl child organisation. During COVID, the Dzikwa Trust extended its primary educational and whole-child focus support, to providing food for the entire local community, resulting in 230,000 hot meals last year alone. This information provides some insight into the work that the Trust does. It does not capture, however, the essence and feel of the Centre. When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by all. I met with Priscilla Takawira, the Dzikwa Centre Manager, and Wayne Mucheka, IT Officer, and the Founding Trustees from 29 years ago: Oili Wuolle and Seppo Ainamo. I had a tour of the learning spaces and saw lessons in action. I visited the “forest”, where there is a strong emphasis on honouring the natural environment, where planting of eucalyptus trees is well underway, where vegetable greenhouses and rabbit and chicken coops provide food for the children, where we enjoyed mulberry and tomatillo. I was told of HIS visits where our students donated a mango tree, that apparently provides the largest, sweetest mangoes – in the world! Most importantly, the HIS student visits gave children their undivided attention, something that sometimes we take for granted. So not only is there a strong sense of sustainability and community at the Dzikwa Centre, there is a powerful feeling and focus of responsibility of each community member to be dedicated to their studies, their artistic development, their physical health and their wellbeing. This is instilled very early on. So as we celebrate, know that our tickets to the Gala Dinner, to the Warthog Family Festival, contributions to the silent auction and other prizes all support this worthwhile cause - a new Scratch Programming initiative for these children.
So our HIS future is bright! Not only have we come a long way in developing as a school starting with a small letter “s”, an institution of academic learning, we have nurtured our SCHOOL where learning takes place in a myriad of ways, and where we have not only passion, but passion sustained by purpose, and we focus on the impact of our actions. And that’s reason to celebrate - Happy Birthday HIS!
Besides the celebration that comes with 30 years, we have chosen a non-profit organisation to support as part of giving back to our host country. We have had a long-term relationship with Dzikwa Trust Fund, an educational programme for orphans and vulnerable children in Dzivaresekwa. The team at Dzikwa Trust envisions an ICT Programming Project for the children and have developed a well-thought out plan of needs to support its launch and implementation.
Please click here to learn more about the Dzikwa Trust.
With appreciation, respect and gratitude, for their support in sponsoring
HIS’ 30th anniversary through the Warthog Family Festival and Dzikwa Trust Fund ICT Programming Project.
Our 30th Anniversary is a special milestone. Throughout this time, each and every family and employee has left its mark on where we are today. Standing on the shoulders of giants.
With this, we have chosen a non-profit organisation to support as part of giving back to our host country. We have had a long-term relationship with Dzikwa Trust Fund, an educational programme for orphans and vulnerable children in Dzivaresekwa. The team at Dzikwa Trust envisions an ICT Programming Project for the children and have developed a well-thought out plan of needs to support its launch and implementation.
HIS was founded by a parent and librarian named Susan Haight in 1992, in partnership with the American Embassy, The school was officially signed into existence on October 31, 1992,
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