Zimbabwe had the highest literacy rate in Africa, but it’s dropping quickly. How can you learn to read if you don’t have anything to read?

— Approximately 40% percent of Zimbabweans are under 14 years of age. For them, it’s now or never. — Let’s make sure Zimbabwe reads.

The school in the blowing dust of north-west Zimbabwe is in my mind . . . Classrooms without books, without textbooks, or an atlas, or even a map pinned to a wall. A school where the teachers beg to be sent books to tell them how to teach.
Doris Lessing,
acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature 2007

News & Events

When out-of-print books become just memories

28 Sep 2015

There are so many books we now hold on to as memories. We excitedly talk about them as titles we remember from school or university.   Sometimes book titles are peppered into phrases to show off. Most of these books… read more

Twin raise funds for rural libraries

24 Sep 2015

Twin sisters Shivani and Shefali Sinha have been captivated by the plight of rural schoolchildren in Zimbabwe and are planning a children’s fundraising fun walk/run around Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton. The Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust is working in many… read more

Pupils drop out of school as diamond miner fails to pay fees, others resort to menial jobs to raise funds

05 Aug 2015

MARANGE: Several pupils from some 27 schools in the diamond-rich Chiadzwa area have dropped out of school due to the non-payment of fees by gem miner Marange Resources. Others have been forced to resort to menial jobs to raise fees,… read more

No more leaking roof, wet books

06 Jul 2015

TWO years ago, Felicity Mukaikwa (16) was a dejected student just going through the motions of attending school though her heart was not into it. Neither was her mind. So de-motivated was she that learning was an unbearable chore “ruthlessly”… read more

Two Zimbabwean authors at Durban festival

19 Mar 2015

TWO Zimbabwean authors are part of a select group of 20 writers from South Africa and Africa participating at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban South Africa. The week-long festival which features evening readings and discussions at the… read more

MSU, NUST lecturers go on strike over unpaid February salaries

18 Mar 2015

MIDLANDS Midlands State University (MSU) lecturers have embarked on an industrial action, protesting the late payment of February salaries. The lecturers downed tools on Monday following a meeting held at the university’s main campus last Friday came up with a… read more