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19 year olds in primary school

It has come as a shock that in Zimbabwe there are pupils who are still in primary school at the age of 19 years. This came as a testimony from Mbire district during the Save the children Norad Partnership forum which started on the 26th of September.

The Save the Children Norad Partnership forum was running under the theme Inclusive and Quality Education and was held in Harare at the Rainbow towers hotel.

From the forum so many districts gave their  testimonies and what they have done in their respective  districts in order  to make sure that all children get quality education as it there right. The forum was attended by headmasters and teachers from different schools, also members from the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education were also present.

Talking at the forum Peter Muzawazi who is the Principal Director for Primary and Secondary Education in Ministry said that as a country we still have a long way to go. During his presentation he encouraged teachers to be professional. He mentioned that professionals get the job done, they are reliable, and they deliver promised results.

Several cases from various districts were discussed which include child marriages which proved to be very prevalent rural districts like Rushinga and also the safety of children from wild animals especially in Mbire.

Save the Children (SC) education work in Zimbabwe started in 1983. The strategy of SC is to support the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), local authorities and local NGOs in the provision of basic education with a focus on increasing access to basic education.

As at 2017, Save the Children education work is being implemented with the MoPSE Head Office in Harare, five of the 10 provincial education offices (Harare, Mashonaland Central, Midlands, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South) and eight district education offices (Rushinga, Mbire, Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Binga, Hwange, Beitbridge and Matobo). We have a strategic partnership with the University of Zimbabwe on teacher professional development and the Leonard Cheshire Development Trust of Zimbabwe on promoting inclusive education. On teacher professional development, Save the Children is working with the University of Zimbabwe, teachers colleges, a group of primary school teachers and the MoPSE on improving the teaching of reading and numeracy skills in the districts where it operates.

The thrust of the education programme work is to contribute to improved learning outcomes in the primary school using strategies and evidence gathered in its work with strategic partners, MoPSE and schools in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and primary schools.

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