PREAMBLE.

Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe [MIAZ] is an organization born out of the desire to address the challenges of child and women abuse resulting from, or driven by the prevalence of poverty in these members of our Zimbabwean communities.

Child and women abuse will always exist for as long as mothers and or children themselves are faced with high levels of poverty that render them prone to temptations from the rich. By financially empowering these people to be able to overcome poverty, our communities will experience much reduced cases of abuse.

To financially empower the marginalized or disadvantaged for life, Macronet Zimbabwe does it by facilitating this target group for livelihood sustenance skills development and training by Colleges, Vocational training centers, Polytechnics, and Universities.

REGISTRATION AND LOCATION.

Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe is a registered community based organisation and Non- Governmental Organisation [NGO], a Trust whose Registration number is MA1075/13 and whose mandate is to empower members of society to fight hunger and poverty. Macronet is domiciled at Zimpost- Tel-one Building, Midlands Province, Gweru, Zimbabwe.

The organisation endeavors to teach a man how to fish and feed him for life rather than give man a fish only to feed him for a day and hence training the disadvantaged youths and mothers in basic livelihood skills is key.

 FREE TRAINING, FREE EDUCATION FOR THOSE THAT WE TARGET.

Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe collaborates and mixes very well with government training departments, Colleges, Vocational Training Centres, Polytechnics and Universities. Strategic Memorandum of Understanding have been entered for convenience to train the target population. Macronet mobilizes its target population for appropriate livelihood skills and provides entrepreneurial development free of charge as first phase of training then beneficiaries are referred for further training in specific demand driven course skills with strategic training institutions. 

TARGET GROUP.

The organisation focuses on the disadvantaged groups which include the orphaned, widowed, and the marginalized-those that fail to pay tuition fees in conventional colleges , those with disabled or vision impaired parents, so that when mobilized they are referred to training institutions free of charge.

FUNDING

Macronet Zimbabwe has set to establish a fund and to that end, solicit, collect and raise funds from governments and local authorities, companies, donor agencies, government organizations and individuals from any other institution or sources so that the funding pays tuition fees for its beneficiaries from these sources. However, because of its economic environment in Zimbabwe several challenges have been a  roadblock to the success of its key result areas. Inadequate funding has characterized the sending of its beneficiaries for training to training colleges 

EMPOWERING COURSES OFFERED.

  • Entrepreneurship,  Customs Legislation& procedures, Secretarial Studies
  • Air Hostess, Flight Attendant, Pilot, Ground handling agent, Clearing agent, Tourism& Hospitality, Hotel& Catering, Hotel Management,
  • Pharmacy, Ambulance Technician, Ambulance Assistant, Advanced Cardio vascular life support, Nurse Aid, Rescue Course. Basic Sports Medicine, Counseling
  • Occupational Health and Safety, SHE, Water Resource Management, Water treatment, Quality control, Environmental Management, Waste Management, fire Fighting
  • Motor Mechanic, Diesel Plant Fitting, Auto Electrical, Electrical Systems, Clothing Technology, Cutting& Designing, Building, Plumbing, Painting, , Mining, Electronics, Carpentry, Electrical Communication Systems, Refrigeration, Fabrication. Food Preparation, Bakery Technology, Food Processing
  • Early Child Development [ECD], Sign Language, Braile
  •  Introduction to Computers, Web Design, Graphics, ICT

The program model has two phases as follows;-

          PHASE 1.

  • This part covers entrepreneurial skills development and beneficiaries are expected to attend and write designed assignments on 7 [seven] modules and is compulsory.
  • Upon completion of this phase satisfactorily the beneficiary is expected to produce a business plan and choose a specific course skill.

PHASE 2.

  • This phase commences with all beneficiaries in the programme choosing a specific skill for sustenance.
  • This is where MIAZ engages recommended qualified trainers and Colleges to provide skills training to the specific groups needing specific skills that empower them to earn a living.
  • Phase 2 training and development program is done in a block release approach that is 2 weeks long and trainee is released for industrial attachment and is expected to complete the 3 blocks of the training.
  • The Integrated Skills Outreach Program [ISOP] approach is also used where Vocational Training Centres [VCTs] and Polytechnics are invited to communities to train program beneficiaries.
  • Anyone who goes through such training is issued with a certificate of training, competency, completion or proficiency by the college or university that would have trained the beneficiary
  • Those individuals with meet entry requirements for admission at Colleges and Universities proceed to study for diplomas or degrees respectively.

 ACHIEVEMENTS.

  • Macronet Zimbabwe sustenance ability has been proved having managed to mobilise more than 10 578 trainees both males and females who received empowerment training and received certificates confirming training by reputable training institutes since the year 2010.
  • Macronet Zimbabwe gained over the period since the year 2010 due to wide collaboration with both big and small employers who have hired the bulk of those trained.
  • Macronet Zimbabwe has effective collaboration with government at district, provincial, and national levels.
  • Macronet Zimbabwe has support from facilitators with both professional and basic skills in respective areas.
  • Although Macronet Zimbabwe has not received funding for the programs, beneficiaries continue to benefit from the generous voluntarism of some professionals who offer lectures on purely voluntary basis thereby keeping the running costs low enough and affordable for the beneficiaries.

OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES.

Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe is a registered community based organisation, a registered trust under number MA1075/13.

  • Macronet focuses on empowerment of communities through short livelihood skills development programs.
  • Skills training for beneficiaries are done through referring participants to recognised training institutions such as Polytechnics, Teachers Colleges, Vocational training centers and Universities at an agreed tuition fee.
  • By facilitating for trainings Macronet has often been misconstrued for a College.
  • Macronet is not a College per se hence it only mobilises those in need of skills training.

RECRUITMENT OF BENEFICIARIES.

  • Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe does not discriminate in its recruitment processes. The disadvantaged, orphaned, widowed, and marginalised are enrolled on a first come first served approach.

TRAININGS INTAKES.

  • Intakes are as follows in a calendar year;-

[i] January the 14th.

[ii] April the 7th.

[iii] August the 19th.

[iv] December the 10th.

WHERE ARE TRAININGS CONDUCTED?

  • Trainings are conducted either at venues organised by Macronet or at Polytechnics, Vocational Training Centers [VCTs], or Universities and some technical and health courses are conducted in collaboration with South African Training Institutions.

Background.

 With its headquarters in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe, and domiciled at Zimpost/ Tel-one Building, Robert Mugabe way, Gweru, Zimbabwe, Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe [MIAZ] continues to support government efforts in mitigating the challenges facing the vulnerable groups of the society particularly the orphans, youths, women, children and the marginalized.

Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe identifies and mobilises its target groups and facilitates for the provision of their livelihood skills through short courses training to enable them to use their skills to fight hunger, poverty, crime, and prostitution.

1.1 Mission Statement.

  • To establish a world class community oriented organisation which shall work to support the underprivileged groups of the society through its systems and processes that are clearly understood, managed, and improved to uplift community livelihood through skills development scheme for use wherever they are in the world.

1.2 Our Vision.

  • To be the leaders in identifying, promoting, assessing, protecting, and, supporting and evaluating vulnerable groups particularly children, youth and women in our society and offer them practical appropriate livelihood skills for survival which skills they will use wherever they maybe in the world.  

2. Empowerment Approach.

The organisation has adopted [ISOP] Integrated Skills Outreach Programme. This is a government initiative support meant to reach out to those that are vulnerable or disadvantaged some of whom live in hard to reach areas of the country. The ISOP training model is favourable because Colleges, Polytechnics, Universities are brought to communities so that any training takes place where Macronet beneficiaries live.

2.1 Macronet bringing Universities and Colleges to Communities.

Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges are invited to meet communities from which beneficiaries are recruited and provide the needed skills in the areas.

This approach has benefited the majority of our beneficiaries since the year 2010 Macronet’s obligation in support of community empowerment through skills development is to provide training resources, the venue for the training, and also to mobilize  travel and subsistence allowances for trainers. For those beneficiaries who are mobilized and coming from hard to reach areas, Macronet has often provided food and accommodation despite the harsh economic environment obtaining in Zimbabwe.

3] Course skills offered to target beneficiaries free of charge.

  • Entrepreneurship,  Customs Legislation& procedures, Secretarial Studies
  • Air Hostess, Flight Attendant, Pilot, Ground handling agent, Clearing agent, Tourism& Hospitality, Hotel& Catering, Hotel Management,
  • Pharmacy, Ambulance Technician, Ambulance Assistant, Advanced Cardio vascular life support, Nurse Aid, Rescue Course. Basic Sports Medicine, Counseling
  • Occupational Health and Safety, SHE, Water Resource Management, Water treatment, Quality control, Environmental Management, Waste Management, fire Fighting
  • Motor Mechanic, Diesel Plant Fitting, Auto Electrical, Electrical Systems, Clothing Technology, Cutting& Designing, Building, Plumbing, Painting, , Mining, Electronics, Carpentry, Electrical Communication Systems, Refrigeration, Fabrication. Food Preparation, Bakery Technology, Food Processing
  • Early Child Development [ECD], Sign Language, Braile

 Introduction to Computers, Web Design, Graphics, ICT

  • NB. Courses are demand driven to include those not listed above.

4] Funding.

The organisation has from the start relied on self funding. Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe is looking for a prospective strategic partner to come on board with funding to support the provision of livelihood skills to those members of the society that are underprivileged and disadvantaged.

The funding sought is expected to cater for;-

  • Accommodation, training/lecture rooms or space, and offices.
  • Operational overheads that include rates, staff allowances and salaries, and trainers’ transport to and from training venues.
  • Construction of training complexes in all provinces of Zimbabwe.
  • Construction and equipping computer/ Information technology laboratories.
  • Acquisition of computers for beneficiaries to learn basic operation of the computer.
  • Purchase of training material.

Should there be any donor wishing to work with Macronet International Association of Zimbabwe covering the SADC Region from Zimbabwe may your intentions be communicated to the National Programs Director on contact details given above