Talk show host Oprah Winfrey recently announced on her television talk show that the Oprah Winfrey Foundation will donate $1.5 million to Westport-based Save the Children to re-build the Matau Primary School in the village of Zvipani in Zimbabwe.

Winfrey made the announcement on a May 20 episode, "Oprah's All-Time Favorite Guest Revealed!," during which she revealed that her favorite guest of all time is Tererai Trent, a woman from Zimbabwe who went to the United States to earn a bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in agricultural education.

With the $1.5 million grant, Save the Children will begin construction on new classrooms, latrines, a preschool playground, a school administration building and teachers' houses in the next few months at Matau Primary School. Save the Children also will supply locally-made desks, chairs, books, toys and other learning materials for students and preschoolers.

Beyond infrastructure updates, the education project will improve learning and help youngsters get on track for school, reaching nearly 4,000 children at Matau Primary School and in neighboring communities. Save the Children will also spend three years training teachers, carrying out a community-wide literacy program, and helping instructors plan and prepare activities for preschoolers to help them succeed in school.

Donations to support the Matau Primary School project can be made by visiting