Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:24

ZIMBABWE: Education: What is being done?

 

It has been over two years since the Government of National Unity was formed, and people want to know what has truly changed in the interim. Thanks to the work of Senator David Coltart in his capacity as the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, there have been various policy announcements in the recent months. As well as that, his ministry is currently working on a huge revamp of the Education Act.

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Zimbabwe's education ministry has backtracked on a new policy, introduced in August 2010, to grant pregnant schoolgirls and the prospective fathers maternity and paternity leave from school, and has opted for disciplinary measures instead.

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The question of children living with their parents in prison is a human rights issue which should be addressed as a matter of urgency. In the past two weeks deputy Minister of Justice Obert Gutu toured prisons in the capital city in his attempt to appreciate the conditions prisoners were living under.

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The United States has accused Zimbabwe's security forces of coercing youths into forced labour at the controversial Marange alluvial diamond fields, a charge Zimbabwe denies.

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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 06:30

ZIMBABWE: Immunisation Surpasses Target

 

About six million children under the age of 15 years have been immunised under the joint Child Health Day and National Immunisation Days as Government surpassed its target of five million, a senior official has said.

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Child helplines are an outstanding example of the benefits of modern communication tools in helping people access the information and resources they need.

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Siphiso Nyoni, 15, races home when the final bell rings at Luveve High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city because she shares an accounts textbook with five other classmates and needs to get her homework done as soon as possible.

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Vice President Joice Mujuru has called on communities to ensure children with disabilities get an education to enable them to realise their full potential.

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