The TWEENS project is a peer tutoring project run by and benefiting refugee students at the Tongogara Refugee Camp. TWEENS began as a service learning project initiated by several of the USAP Community School refugee students last year during the first Zimbabwean lockdown. TWEENS has grown and there are currently 21 tutors(TWEENS), 5 girls and 16 boys.
In 2021, 88 students are being provided TWEENS tutoring lessons, 58 are offered “in person” lessons and 30 are receiving “online” lessons via WhatsApp given COVID protocols and restrictions in Tongogara Refugee Camp. Each tutee is offered three in person lessons per week in addition to daily online lessons. Overall, TWEENS offers different activities with the aim of encouraging education which benefits 720 youth in the camp. Apart from tutoring, TWEENS also functions as a clearinghouse of scholarship information, organizes and facilitates awareness campaigns on COVID19, carries out door-to-door visits to tutees, and gives motivational speeches at the school and during food distribution, all with a thrust on education.
To reduce the incidents of teen pregnancies, early marriages, and substance abuse, and help youths discover their full potentials.
- Increase the pass rate of refugee students at the ‘O’ Level national exams
- Reduce the incidents of school dropouts
- Raise awareness for educational opportunities
- Provide alternative ways to continue education to youth who have lost hope