Winfrey named Tererai Trent her “All time favourite guest” in 2009 and with this came a US$1,5 million windfall to help Trent re-build her dilapidated primary school in Magunje.
Trent appeared on the world acclaimed Oprah Winfrey television show where she told of her moving life story. She told the acclaimed talk show host who has interviewed some of the world’s most popular individuals how she was married at 11 and had five children in quick succession. She also spoke about how she was repeatedly abused by her husband in her marriage.
So touching was her story that Winfrey had no option but to name her as her favourite guest of all time and with this came a $1,5 million donation from her Oprah Winfrey Foundation to help Trent who has since re-married to build her childhood primary school, Matau in Magunje.
The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is a philanthropic institution owned by Winfrey. She uses the foundation to help children and the underprivileged out of poverty.
Save the Children will build the school which will transform the face of education in rural Magunje where hundreds of children learn using the floor as both the desk and chair. More so, they have to share books and other learning material.
A ground making ceremony to set the idea of a brand new Matau Primary School was held last Friday.
Save the Children Zimbabwe country Director, Sharon Hauser said Trent was an inspiration to many young Zimbabweans.
“Tererai reminds us that education is a universal human right that holds the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and that education shapes our current and future leaders,” said Hauser.
The Matau Primary School was destroyed by the rains in 2009. The storm destroyed the school’s roof and with the biting winter weather in the country at the moment, school children at the school are forced to learn in the open.
The donated money will among other things be used to repair and build school buildings, construct a new playground, latrines and hand washing stations, provide desks, chairs and books for all the children, train teachers to help young children prepare for school and to help older school children improve their reading skills. It will also be used to create a culture of reading, both inside and outside the classroom, by engaging the whole community through our successful new Literacy Boost programme.
Winfrey and Trent are expected to visit the project to monitor progress on the project in the near future according to Save the Children officials.