Taku Mutepfa had a vision to promote Zimbabwe’s two major languages, chiShona and isiNdebele, and reach out with this linguistic passion to every Zimbabwean regardless of the region they come from.
With his core team of eight, Taku is giving teachers in areas like Uzumba, Maramba, Pfungwe, Wedza, Tshlotsho and Gwanda an opportunity to teach children in Bristol, Leeds, London, Paris, Toronto, Dallas, Wellington and New York. All through this service under the name Shona Ndebele Tutor.
Macmillan Nyamukondiwa, Customer Relations & Administration, explains:
Our inspiration is coming from love for our local languages. Noticing how undervalued they are, both locally and in the diaspora, given the wel-known historical, political, social divide between Ndebele and Shona and white communities in Zimbabwe, our hope is to bridge this gap and end all that antagonism. We also hope to provide our service to the expatriate and diplomatic community in Zimbabwe, as well as an occasional tourists. Our aim in this is to improve the international perception of Zimbabwe.
Reasons to try out the service?
First lesson is free and if you introduce a friend with a passion for African languages to Shona Ndebele Tutor you will get one more free lesson.
From the comfort of your home, you can help an African teacher from semi-rural areas to preserve an ancient Southern African language, for just 10 British pounds a lesson.
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