Let’s Get Zimbabwe Reading
The Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes were a huge hit at the launch of the African Literacy Project in Zimbabwe. After traveling across 10 countries to deliver literacy across Africa, we rely heavily on the local teams to keep the energy levels up. And team Pizza Hut Zimbabwe did exactly that with the perfect mixture of formal affair, and all out party. To see how much the S.O.S School loved our Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes, was the cherry on the top.
Highlights from the Pizza Hut African Literacy Project Zimbabwe:
- A very generous $500 donation from our franchise partner. Thank you!
- The dance crew that quite literacy danced throughout the entire event. You’re real champions.
- More media than we knew what do do with. TV crews, bloggers, and photographers left, right and centre.
- A group of kids who squeezed more activities out of their Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes during the event than any others so far. Eager, excited, and filled with potential.
S.O.S Children’s Village
In each country, we have partnered with local organizations, NGOs or schools. In Zimbabwe children from local school S.O.S School from S.O.S Children’s Village joined us for the day. The group was made up of boys and girls of different ages. What they all shared was a hunger to learn. Really, these kids got stuck into the Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes, flying through activity after activity. And somewhere in between they made time to have their faces painted, and tear up the dance floor.
Literacy in Zimbabwe
According to UNESCO, the literacy rate in Zimbabwe shows that one out of 10 people are unable to read. The ability to read at Grade 4 level, when you’re around 10 years old, is particularly crucial. From Grades 1 to 3 you learn to read‚ and from grades 4 to 12 you read to learn. Literacy goes way beyond the classroom‚ equipping children with the skills and confidence to participate actively in society. Seeing the children light up as they interact with Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes is great to see. They are inspired to read and that gives us all hope.
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The Slice of Africa is Pizza Hut Africa’s contribution to the global initiative called Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Established in 2016, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project was created to encourage literacy through providing reading resources and engaging customers to make a difference for the cause. In its first year, the global campaign impacted 15.9 million people and distributed more than 275,000 books and educational resources to communities in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and South Africa.