Being a foreigner and living in the diaspora is not an easy thing. If you happen to be in a foreign country where you do not know any Zimbos, this can be extremely challenging because there is no support system. Losing your documents in this situation can be extremely daunting. I recall one of my aunt’s losing her passport in South Africa back in the 80’s. No one knew what to do, I’m too young to remember the details, but she lived to tell the horror. It wasn’t so easy back then. These days, you can call one of your many relatives resident in South Africa and they can walk you through.
What to do if you lose your passport abroad.
Someone asked what to do, because they have lost their passport, so I figured that someone else might need that kind of infor. I quickly checked for my own passport because a Zimbo passport is gold and losing it is a headache. However, replacing passports is now much easier and less stressful than it was back in the days when you had to beg to apply for a passport. I wonder if they actually read those application letters.
- If you lose your passport, immediately report this to the police and get a police report. Trying to replace a passport without a report can be challenging if not impossible.
- Contact you nearest Zimbabwe embassy, below is a link with Zimbabwe foreign consulate contact details. They will give your steps required to replace the passport or information.
- Be patient with embassy staff, they have been known to be rude and unhelpful. Jut remember that all you need is a new passport or travel document. I hear these days they are unpaid, so that will make it even worse.
Websites for Zimbabwe embassies abroad. I hope it is current…
- Algeria – Algiers
- Angola – Luanda
- Australia – Canberra
- Belgium – Brussels
- Botswana – Gaborone
- Brazil – Brasilia
- Canada – Ottawa
- China – Beijing
- Congo (Democratic Republic) – Kinshasa
- Cuba – Havana
- Egypt – Cairo
- Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
- France – Paris
- Germany – Berlin
- Ghana – Accra
- India – New Delhi
- Indonesia – Jakarta
- Iran – Tehran
- Italy – Rome
- Japan – Tokyo
- Kenya – Nairobi
- Kuwait – Kuwait City
- Libya – Tripoli
- Malawi – Lilongwe
- Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
- Mozambique – Maputo
- Namibia – Windhoek
- Nigeria – Abuja
- Russia – Moscow
- Senegal – Dakar
- Singapore – Singapore
- South Africa – Pretoria
- South Sudan – Juba
- Sudan – Khartoum
- Sweden – Stockholm
- Tanzania – Dar-es-Salaam
- United Kingdom – London
- United States – Washington
- Zambia – Lusaka
- Congo (Democratic Republic) – Lubumbashi, Consulate
- Hong Kong – Hong Kong, Consulate General
- Italy – Milan, Consulate General
- Korea (Republic) – Seoul, Consulate
- Mauritius – Port Louis, Consulate
- Mozambique – Beira, Consulate General
- South Africa – Cape Town, Consulate
- South Africa – Johannesburg, Consulate General
- Thailand – Bangkok, Consulate General
A couple of weeks ago I asked myself why home schooling was not an option for so many Zimbabweans, and African’s who did not have money to go to school and those who lived far from school. Instead of walking two hours to school and two hours back, those four hours could be spent learning at home. It is not in our nature to develop such disciple, but I believe this is a very good option for many people. Those in towns, have access to the internet, online lectures, youtube, books, free classes and so much, that they can learn anything they want all from the comport of their homes.
I was reminded of Maud Chifamba, the youngest student to ever enrol into the University of Zimbabwe. Born to a poor family in the Hunters resettlement community in Chegutu, central Zimbabwe, Maud lost her father when she was just five years old. Her mother also passed away 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.
Armed with determination, Maud put all her efforts into studying, embarking on a disciplined reading routine that lasted for several hours each day. “I studied very hard,” she remembers. “For the biggest part of the day and even into the night,” adds Maud.
Maud says the death of her parents made her realize that she would have to take her destiny into her own hands.
“It really motivated me to work harder because there was no one to take care of me except myself in the future,” says Maud. “That was … a motivator for me to have something to do with my life.”
Gifted with natural intelligence, Maud’s promising future was apparent from an early age. Her remarkable aptitude impressed her primary school teachers who decided to move her up from Grade 3 to Grade 6.
Aged nine, she took her final primary school examinations, where she obtained top marks for all of her subjects. Lacking financial support to undertake her high school education, Maud studied on her own and completed her Ordinary Level in just two years after skipping two forms.
Her hard work paid off last December when she scored 12 points at her A-Level exams, an astonishing feat that earned the 14-year-old girl a place at the Harare-based University of Zimbabwe.
“It’s phenomenal, especially if you consider that for her A-Levels she was not in formal school,” says Gershem Pasi, the commissioner general of the Zimbabwean Revenue Authority, the body that’s now sponsoring Maud’s university education. “She was just reading by herself at home and her brothers only managed to pay the examination fee.” source: Zimra website.
This story is an example of how determination and sheer can achieve. Most children her age would have waiting for school fees to be available and spend the rest of their lives blaming the world for giving them a bitter pill. The Ministry of Education should encourage home schooling and define standards, checks and balances and support for those who can benefit from such a system.Obviously, there are challenges that need to be dealt with with home schooling, but the school system also has its own challenges. It is all a matter of creating a framework that gives people access and the opportunity to pursue this route.
The world has taken to home schooling, in my opinion, it is a very good option, considering the kind of schooling most children get in schools.