MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 —
The “complicated relationship” between the United States and Zimbabwe won’t stop the US from supporting education programs in the country, according to Bruce Wharton, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Mr. Wharton made the statement Monday after welcoming representatives of 18 colleges and universities from Canada, Spain and America attending a College Education Fair at Prince Edward Boys High School in Harare.
Headmaster of Prince Edward, Agrippa Sora, called the fair a good opportunity for high school students to learn more about obtaining assistance to study abroad.
One school at the fair was Agnes Scott College, an all-female institution in Atlanta, Georgia. The college’s Vice President for Enrolment and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Laura Martins, told journalists that the philosophy of her college is to help women attain the highest levels of education.
Most students who visited the college fair Monday were from former Group “A” schools based in Harare.
Speaking at the same event, Canadian Ambassador Lisa Standelbauer told journalists that her government continues to support education programmes in Zimbabwe, but added that her country’s primary focus has recently changed to supporting health and civil society development.
Mr. Wharton also said the US government is concerned about the security situation in Mozambique, where Renamo rebels have been clashing with the national army after recently abandoning the 1992 power-sharing deal with Frelimo.