Delta has committed to assisting 40 young people through their education at Advanced level each year and a number of University students who emerge top of the beneficiaries group of their beneficiary group bringing the number to a total of 50.
The project aims at providing a better opportunity to students in rural schools who would have performed exceptionally well at Ordinary level and wish to proceed to Advanced level. A gender balanced approach to the selection of the beneficiaries is employed in order to ensure balanced opportunity for both the boy and the girl child. Children from less privileged urban set up are also given an opportunity to be part of the programme.
Delta, through the Provincial Education Office, identifies one student in each province with the exception of Harare and Bulawayo which are urban provinces. The programme also extends to children of our internal Delta staff, particularly those in the lower bands in staff grading. Again there is a bias in favour of the children with commendable academic excellence.
The programme also has a mentoring and monitoring system in which as sponsors we require knowing the academic performance of our beneficiaries. This is done by occasional consultation at the schools as well as assessment of progress reports submitted by the students each term or after every semester. One on one engagement with the students also takes place.
It has been encouraging to note that generally our students are performing to expectation with some scooping academic awards and many maintaining marks way above class averages. Furthermore most of them are put into leadership position including the top brass in student leadership.