Report by Tariro Namawa

The first week I started school was a bit hectic for me. I was really anxious and wasn’t sure how I was going to tackle my assignments. The most terrifying thing was using zoom, at first I found it challenging, just the thought of being nervous made things worse but after my first lesson. I had to play around with it and now I am a pro...

In the first week I was worried about how I was going to do my teaching practical since most schools are closed and the ones that are open are in a rush to finish the curriculum, it was going to be difficult for me to get a place to teach but all is sorted now I am now doing my English practical online. It is very exciting and a bit challenging, however I love challenges they make me grow and move from one place to another.

Studying from home is a bit hectic for me. At my place it is very noise and it’s difficult to do my lessons on zoom, or even study. For the mean time I moved to my sister’s place but the challenge there is that they are kids, so most of the time would be taking care of them. I feel like it was going to be easy if campus was open. I would probably spend lots of time at campus and make good progress because this is a bit exhausting. I guess Corona virus has impacted us in many ways.

Daily life

Now that I am at my sister’s place temporarily. I wake up early in the morning at 5 so that I can study and do my school work before the children are up. When they are up, I cook porridge for them in the morning and do the house chores and get back to my books at around 12 I make brunch (breakfast and lunch) for them and bath them when they are done eating. Now that kids are not going to school I teach the older one who is in grade 3. I help him with his assignments. I exercise at 17:00 every day for an hour it helps me to revive my energy and then take a shower. When I am done I start cooking dinner, after eating I do the dishes and usually go to bed at around 1:00 am as I will be doing my school work because it will be quiet.


This diseases has taught me a lot, that the future is unpredictable. No one really knows what tomorrow holds, who knew that we were going to enjoy only the first quarter of 2020? No one! This year has taught me to stop procrastinating, follow my dreams. Do more of what I love now because tomorrow is not promised. Live my dreams, be with the people I want to be with, share love with one another, life is short to hate each other. Give as much I can and appreciate the gift of life that God has given me.

PARENTIFICATION - is the process of role reversal whereby a child is obliged to act as parent to their own parent or sibling. In extreme cases, the child is used to fill the void of the alienating parent's emotional life.

When a child is responsible for the emotional being of a parent chances are he or she will become depressed. Taking motherly roles at a young age can lead to depression, low self-esteem etc. bad relationships are associated with this as well. You won’t know when someone is taking advantage of your kind heart and you always feel the need to make sure that everyone is good in the end which might be stressful and depressing.

Poor decisions are made, one will have a poor outlook on life, one stops dreaming and eventually gives up on dreams. Life would have been perfect if mothers were much more responsible.



UNTITLED (written by Tariro)

We would have not been here,

If we chose to give up

In the midst of dreamers we stood

Toiled for the life we thought was best

Sweat trickling down our cheekbones

But we dreamt of a better tomorrow

Far better than what we had

From the dust we decided to rise

It was a choice we made

From being the joke of the town

We persevered for a bright future

Which was known to be for others

In our house was never imagined

We kept on pushing and knocking

 Tomorrow they will be proud

Success will not only be a visitor

But part of the family

We took their advice

Never let your past determine you future

You are the best version of yourself

Burn the midnight oil

Because nothing comes on a silver platter

Life is more of what you make it

Though challenges may come

But above all else we rise

“Tine Tariro” We have hope