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Unicef Speaks On Free Education in Zim

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Cecilia Chibaya

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has urged education ministries in Zimbabwe to work on providing free education saying it is a fundamental right of every child.

In a statement today Unicef representative Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale highlighted that poverty and disabilities are among the main triggers for school dropouts in primary school hence the government should work with other partners in supporting every child to have access to free education.

“Lack of resources affects progress in ensuring inclusive education especially for integrating children with disabilities in schools.


“Ensuring the needed public funding and transforming education to tap into new opportunities to respond to the needs learners face, are key to contributing to universal access to basic education in Zimbabwe.
“Let us all government, donors, education partners, and learners work together to tackle these
challenges and to realise the dream of every child in Zimbabwe to develop his or her full
potential through education”, says Oyewale.


Unicef also highlighted that Zimbabwe has the highest enrollment rates in primary schools in
Africa.


“Zimbabwe has a high net enrollment ratio in primary school. Nine out of ten children of primary
school age are in school.

“This is among the highest enrollment rates in primary school on the African continent. This
figure has remained stable in the last decade, which is a remarkable accomplishment. But our
shared ambition is to do even more and reach a universal enrollment of children in primary
school”, says Oyewale.

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The Unicef representative commended the introduction of digital learning in schools that
developed during the Covid 19 pandemic.


“To explore new avenues of public funding for education and to build on the Ministry’s draft
Schools Financing Policy, Unicef in partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary and the Zimbabwe Economic Society is organizing on 25 January the High-Level Policy Dialogue on
Education Financing.


“Zimbabwe can build on the lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic from the introduction
of digital learning through Learning Passport and the expansion of the digital connection thanks
to the Giga partnership.


“Education also needs to be adapted to the changing environment. The Transforming Education
Summit held in New York in September last year can further guide us.


“The Summit resulted in a call for all nations to support foundational learning as a key element
to transform education, and promote green education by making climate change education an
an integral part of learning, prioritize digital learning for all children and promote gender equity in
education, and increase investment in education,” added Oyewale.


Today marks the celebration of the International Day of Education across the globe. Unicef
works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and to
help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

The Government has expressed its clear ambition to make access to basic education free for
every child in Zimbabwe by 2023.

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