On 27 April 2022 ZimWorX team undertook a familiarization tour of 2 centers in Mufakose and Kuwadzana run by Uncommon.org, a non-profit founded by Peter Kazickas. In line with our passion of making a positive impact globally, the thrust was to investigate how ZimWorX can partner with Uncommon to bring change to these communities.
The centers, popularly called Innovation Hubs train and equip unemployed young adults with free education programs that launch them into the technology industry. Students take crash programs in design, coding and marketing before they choose a subject they want to pursue further. After classes some of the students volunteer their time to teach coding to other primary school and high school students.
The Innovation hub in Mufakose was an old storeroom the team converted into a hub. It can accommodate up to 40 students and the one in Kuwadzana is made from an old container renovated into a classroom and office which accommodates up to 20 students.
Uncommon provides all the necessary resources for the students. This includes items such as laptops, internet, stationery and desks. The shipping containers operate 100% on solar energy making them eco-friendly.
Possible partnership areas include:
– Mentorship program between ZimWorX team members and Uncommon students.
– Funding towards purchase and renovation of containers.
– Provision of laptops.
– Recruitment of Uncommon graduates.
– Career guidance talks and trainings by ZimWorX team members to Uncommon students.
Well done to Peter and his team! Looking forward to working with you in the near future!