"Supporting the work of Zimbabwean communities to keep children in school and out of poverty"
Zimbabwe Educational Trust is a diaspora-led charity based in the UK, working to support Zimbabwean communities in their efforts to keep children in school and out of poverty.
Founded in 1987, ZET’s initial goal was to help children from the newly independent Zimbabwe access higher education. In the 1980s, Zimbabwe had one of the best education systems in Africa, but suffered from a chronic lack of tertiary education. During the 1990s, ZET helped thousands of young Zimbabweans travel to the UK to study at colleges and universities across the country, obtaining fee waivers and accommodation for students.
However, the economic and political crises which hit Zimbabwe at the turn of the century made it increasingly difficult for Zimbabwean students to obtain visas, leading to ZET changing the nature of its work. The trust now supports charitable educational projects within Zimbabwe, focusing on primary education, which had been decimated by the effects of the crisis.