Ministry remains vibrant at Africa University
By Andra M. Stevens
Africa University Development Office
Africa University (AU) is possible because United Methodists continue to pray for and invest in it. The Memphis Conference's generosity inspires our students as they grow in faith, claim and work toward God’s promise of abundant life.
AU is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. READ MORE HERE.
Despite current global public health challenges, AU's ministry remains vibrant:
- AU formally wrapped up its 2019/2020 academic year on June 30, when the University Senate met to receive and approve students’ academic results.The June graduation ceremony was postponed to December. Administrators are continuing to plan for a hybrid delivery of instruction (2020-2021 academic year), beginning in August.
- Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province where AU is located have been relatively few—29 to date with no deaths. Zimbabwe as a whole had 567 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of June 28, with six deaths. 142 persons have recovered, 419 individuals—most of whom are returnees from other countries where caseloads are much higher—are receiving treatment. AU’s ongoing contributions to stemming the spread of COVID-19 include the manufacture of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE). The university has developed its own disposable mask prototype for commercial production and some students are making reusable cloth masks.
- AU students are doing their part to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable families—launching successful appeals and giving up meals to supply food, medicine and other essentials to their neighbors.