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Fit for Life

Project Title


Improving the livelihoods of rural youths who did not complete primary education by providing an agriculture-based technical education and skills program in Zimbabwe

Convening Partners


Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU)

Collaborating Partners

Cotton Training Centre

Kushinga Phikelela College

Khula Sizwe Trust

German Development Cooperation (GIZ)

Strategic Partners

Barclays Zimbabwe

Selby Enterprise

Target Location(s)


  • Mashonaland East Province
  • Mashonaland Central Province
  • Mashonaland West Province
  • Midlands Province
  • Matabeleland South Province
Target Number

31, 000 youths


(September 2013 – September 2015)

2 years 

Introduction And Background

The Fit for Life Project is a developmental  Educational project that strives to provide a second chance education opportunity to children between 15 and 18 years who did not complete Primary education. The project aims at improving the livelihoods of at least 31.000 rural children by providing a literacy/numeracy module followed by an agriculture-based technical education in Zimbabwe. 


Implementing Partners

The project is implemented by a consortium of well-established partners with experience in education, vocational training and agricultural-based technical skills enhancement with a wide thematic coverage from crop production to livestock. The Zimbabwe Farmer’s Union (ZFU) is the lead organisation and implements the project in partnership with:

  • Cotton Training Centre (CTC),
  • Kushinga Phikelela National Farmer Training Centre (KP)
  • Khula Sizwe Trust

The consortium is working closely with the Department of Non Formal Education in the Ministry for Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) as the project is funded by the Ministry’s/UNICEF Educational Transitional Fund II and based on a Memorandum of Understanding of MoPSE with the ZFU.

Project Approach

The Fit for Life Project follows a dual pronged approach with a basic literacy/numeracy module aligned to the main four primary school subjects (English, Maths, Shona/Ndebele, General Paper). Depending on the entry assessment results of the learners, the course will take 1 – 3 months (classes five days/week). Upon successful completion of the ‘bridging’ education course, the project will then provide agriculture-based technical education to enable the beneficiaries to increase agricultural productivity and thereby improve food self-sustainability, income generation and employability. The learners will form Young Farmer Clubs in their area of origin and continue to receive training and extension services like for e.g. ZFU’s “Farming as a Business” module.

Project Objectives


  1. To provide a ‘bridging’ education course on functional literacy/numeracy for the target group, enabling them to participate in technical education,
  2. To provide agriculture-based technical education which increases productivity and thereby self-sustainability, income generation and employability among the participants,
  3. To develop models for sustainable agricultural market linkages and potential employment opportunities for the participants in the target areas,
  4. To develop a nation-wide roll-out strategy based on the project’s experiences and best practices.



The Fit for Life Project is open to children from 15-18 years of age who did not complete formal Primary school education or never went to school. Responding to the nature of the training offered participants should have an interest and motivation to engage in agriculture for increased productivity and income generation. Equal opportunities are given to all participants, who meet the criteria. Girls are particularly encouraged to participate.