Access to basic education for children who have never been to school

Access to basic education for children who have never been to school

“… touched hearts”

WORDS: Loverage Nhamoyebonde/FAWEZI Information and Communications Officer

“Most interventions were focused on re-integration of school dropouts but little attention was being given to the children who have never been to school.”

Ms. Ncube the Social Services Officer at Matobo Rural District Council explained how the intervention impacted her life.

“The intervention successfully enrolled children who have never been to school in our district. Seeing children who have never been to school being taught how to read and write really touched my heart,” said the Social Services Officer at Matobo RDC.

She added that the intervention brought new lessons in terms of social services provision and refocused the local authority’s attention to children who have never been to school.

“We had several educational programs but they were focusing on school dropouts and we never thought of those children who have never been to school. The intervention closed a huge gap and with the availability of funds, we must roll it out to all the wards in our district,” she said.

The Matobo District Schools Inspector (DSI) Mr. Mpofu, highlighted that the intervention is very powerful because it is addressing issues surrounding children’s rights.

“I appreciate the program thrust of ensuring that no child is left behind in terms of education. The intervention has contributed to our efforts of ensuring that every child has the right to education,” said Mr. Mpofu.

Mr. Mpofu also highlighted that the project helped a lot in providing the much-needed motivation since the nation was coming out of the COVID-19-induced lockdowns and both parents and children were demotivated.

FAWEZI, ZHI, MoPSE, Matobo RDC and White City staff members having a discussion at White City Community Learning Centre

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