The Forum for African Woman Educationalists –Zimbabwe chapter (FAWEZI) yesterday (12 June 2018) attended the launched the Zimbabwean School Health Policy at Blakiston Primary School in Harare .This policy comes as a means to endorse positive health factors and alleviate health risks among learners.
The school health policy was conjointly developed by the Ministries of Health & Child Care (MHCC) and Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) and is set to safeguard the health of learners and teachers within the school environment.
This School Health policy was developed with the vision of ‘A primary and secondary education system with an enabling environment for the provision of equitable, sustainable and quality health services for all learners’.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of MoPSE Professor Paul Mavhima said they had been working on this policy with the MHCC for a long time and the policy will deliver health promotion for the benefit of teachers serving learners. He added that in practical terms his ministry will be investing more in school infrastructure ensuring that there are clean safe and reliable water sources, sanitation and hygiene facilities that are age appropriate, gender and disability friendly.
MCCH Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the launch of the policy highlighted the need to provide focused and comprehensive services for the improved health of the child.
“The launch of the policy again galvanises us into a pact to provide focused and comprehensive services for the improved health of the child.” He said.
FAWEZI National Coordinator Lydia Madyirapanze speaking on behalf of the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) commended the Ministries for the health policy.
“It is heartening to note that the development of this policy is backed by the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Education and Training,” she said.
“We are quite positive that the School Health policy which we are witnesses to its launch today will among other things, be a significant and useful framework for early detection, correction, prevention or amelioration of disease, disability and abuse from which learners can suffer”.
Madyirapanze also highlighted that the coalition is prepared to fully support the policy.
“As ECOZI we pledge to fully support the implementation of the Zimbabwe School Health Policy and our members will continue to compliment government efforts in ensuring sound health for the learners”.
The launch was attended by the Ministers of Health and Child Care, and Primary and Secondary Education, other senior Government Officials, members of the UN family, development partners and civil society representatives.