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Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education parenting programme rolls

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) is rolling out a comprehensive parenting and community engagement programme aimed at boosting parental involvement in their children’s educational journey.

The ambitious initiative marks a significant shift in Zimbabwe’s educational landscape, recognising the crucial role parents play in fostering successful learning outcomes that can drive the country’s prosperity in line with the aspirations of Vision 2030.

This Wednesday, the programme reached Victoria Falls, much to the delight of parents at Baobab Primary School in the resort city.

“This programme has been an eye-opener! I now understand how my child learns best and what I can do to motivate them,” said a parent.

Another said, “It’s made a huge difference in our communication and relationship.”

“The program has given me invaluable tools to deal with my child’s homework struggles. It’s amazing how a little support can make such a big difference,” added a parent.

The school committed itself towards embracing the programme.

“A good relationship between a parent and the teacher is key in the success of the child and this is what is being built here. We appreciate the program and we wish all parents were here,” said Baobab Primary School SDC chairperson, Mr Nkosilathi Ngwenya.

Baobab Primary School’s headmistress Mrs Virginia Ncube “If parents are involved this will lessen the burden that the teacher has at school, ultimately if teachers and parents work together the success of the child is guaranteed.”

This programme is expected to benefit millions of students and parents across Zimbabwe.

“We want to involve parents as much as possible, especially post COVID-19. We want parents to bring the children to school as early as four years so that by the time they get to grade seven they know how to read, write and calculate,” said the spokesperson in the MoPSE, Taungana Ndoro.

Experts believe by empowering parents and fostering community engagement, the programme has the potential to unlock the full potential of every child and rewrite the story of education in Zimbabwe.

Parenting programming is one out of the nine thematic strategies that the Zimbabwe Early Learning Policy proffered for the effective and efficient implementation of the infant school, with the vision of strengthening the education foundation in Zimbabwe.

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