HARARE – Maud Chifamba, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) 15-year-old whiz-kid, is in Rome, Italy to attend Terre des Hommes conference on the International Day of the Girl Child.
Maud is expected to make a presentation on her experiences and access to Good Quality Education and Equal Opportunities, focusing on empowering the girl-child and women, in general.
She is accompanied by Ennedy Zvoma from the UZ vice chancellor’s Office.
Maud, who was born on November 19, 1997, started her studies toward a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours Degree at the University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest educational institution in August last year at the age of 14.
Her intellectual prowess and hard work have earned her a four-year scholarship of nearly $10 000 after she excelled at last year’s Advanced Level exams.
Born to a poor family in the Hunters resettlement community in Chegutu, Maud lost her father when she was just five years old.
Her mother also passed on last year. Her two brothers, who are general workers at a farm, were unable to pay the fees required to keep her at formal school so Maud started studying vigorously at home all by herself.
Terre des homes Italia is an international non-governmental organisation which protects the rights of children in developing countries and is engaged in sensitisation and advocacy campaigns for the promotion of children’s rights.
The conference organised by Terre Des Hommes Italy began on October 10, and celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11.