Antony (12) wants to be an engineer, a profession he fell in love with after seeing engineers assist with the construction and repair of bridges and other infrastructure destroyed by Cyclone Idai. “I asked one of the engineers constructing the bridges here [about becoming an engineer], he said I need to pass science first. I want to be like them, helping people,” he said.
Antony’s dreams received a boost when his school was supplied with science kits, which are equipped with items such as compasses, levers, hanging weights, pulleys, experiment trolleys, heat kits, magnetic kits, sun height gauges and seed germinating units.
“A periscope, a sound kit, and here an electricity kit and an optical kit. We now know the electricity flow of electricity and how electricity is generated,” continues Antony, whose only source of energy back home is firewood. For pupils such as Antony of Bumba Primary School, the science kits, provided by UNICEF through ZIRP, have helped bridge the gap between rural and more affluent urban schools.
Thanks to ZIRP, almost 20,000 children are benefiting from educational materials through UNICEF.