By Abigirl Tembo
RURAL schools have been cushioned against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic after the United Kingdom availed vehicles and motorcycles to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
Handing over the donation of 13 vehicles and 33 motorbikes in Harare this Monday under the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) banner, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Director, Ms Geraldine O’ Callaghan commended the Zimbabwean government’s commitment to improving access to education.
“The recent signing of the Kenyatta Declaration, which commits the government to increase its share of the budget allocated to the education sector to 20 percent by 2025 is a huge step forward. We commend the government for making this commitment and look forward to seeing this commitment reflected in the 2022 budget,” said Geraldine O’ Callaghan, UK’s FCDO director.
CAMFED National Director, Faith Nkala said the vehicles will be used to capacitate district education personnel and improve mobility.
“This will allow them to be responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable learners. The motorbikes will be used to support the catch-up strategies open distance learning initiatives we have been witnessing in all the various districts,” she said.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Tumisang Thabela reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring access to education for all.
“These vehicles and motorbikes are more than a mere means of transport for those who will use them. They reiterate the deep commitment of the Ministry and its partners to progressive and responsive partnerships, as well as the importance of context-sensitive, comprehensive support for the most marginalised children and districts.
“The involvement of the community and all government structures by CAMFED is commendable and their interventions are more than just an injection of capital,” she said.
The vehicles and motorbikes will be handed over to districts such as Chipinge, Mbire, Mudzi, Mwenezi, Binga, Bubi, Lupane and Beitbridge among others