Former Humphrey Fellow sponsors Public Achievement in Zimbabwe

My organization has just signed a grant agreement to test Public Achievement methodology in two of Zimbabwe's districts namely Goromonzi and Mazowe!  We are so excited as an institution as this is the first time Public Achievement will be implemented in Zimbabwe. We will not be implementing it in schools as the case in US...we're going to be utilizing "free spaces" to implement our project and we hope it will all work out.
A newspaper article that covered our story when we wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education on this:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQVXlrbzBpZ0NmUEotNGhkSm9iRDJ1bmEzZGsw/view?usp=sharing

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Gladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo
ZIMCET Director
1 Greentrees Gardens
44 Southey Road
Hillside
Harare
Office Line: +263 86 4405 8312

Sent by Dennis Donovan, Lecturer at Humphrey School https://www.hhh.umn.edu/directory/dennis-donovan and National Organizer for Public Achievement.
The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship developed Public Achievement as a youth civic organizing model in 1990. Today, Public Achievement is used in schools and communities in several states and around the world in Turkey and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Gaza and the West Bank.

An internationally-recognized model
Public Achievement has been recognized as one of the best youth citizenship education efforts in the world. In 2007, it was named one of 15 finalists for the prestigious Carl Bertelsmann prize. Awarded annually since 1981, the international award recognizes “innovative approaches and outstanding ideas that help shape and further develop democratic societies.” A high school student in Albania says that Public Achievement taught her “how to share ideas and make a project. I learned that my voice can be heard, that I can do something for my school, my community, myself.”
Evaluation Brief of Public Achievement by RMC Research (2006)

Public Achievement in schools
The Public Achievement organizing model recognizes that people of every age have skills, talents and ideas, and that by learning to work strategically with others they can solve problems and build sustainable democratic societies. In a school setting, young people form teams to take action on a public problem that is important to them (for example, driving out gang activity or improving classroom space). The team works with a coach—typically a teacher or college student—to develop an action plan. Through practice and reflection, the team members develop public skills and confidence.
  
Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy

Harry Boyte is an architect of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship’s public work approach to civic engagement and democracy, and the creator of Public Achievement. Boyte has worked with a variety of foundations, and non-profit, educational, and citizen organizations in the United States and abroad concerned with community development, citizenship education, and civic renewal.
Boyte served as a senior advisor to the National Commission on Civic Renewal and presented research findings at a Camp David seminar on the future of democracy. He is the author of nine books on citizenship, democracy, and community organizing, and his writings have appeared in more than 100 publications including the New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, Kettering Review, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1960s, he worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the Civil Rights Movement.
Boyte teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on organizing theory and practice at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and is in demand as a keynote speaker with faculty, students, and professionals.


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