BY NEVSON MPOFU – Harare News Correspondent.
(News of The South) – The Government of Zimbabwe has been compelled to see to it that every child is in school despite hardships the country currently faces. The call was made recently in Harare by an International organization which advocates for the Rights of all children in all areas affecting them.
The International Organization Tag-A-Life International Director, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe made a call recently in Harare at a local hotel. Child Rights activities from various organizations, young women and parliamentarians had an inter-face syllogism bent towards ascending the rights of children in Zimbabwe to receive Education for all. This is also the goal of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO].
Nyaradzo alluded to section 75 of the Zimbabwe constitution which states that every citizen and permanent resident of Zimbabwe has a right to , basic state funded education , including basic adult education . Nyaradzo highlighted that the right of all children to basic education especially in young people stands vital because they are the leaders tomorrow who need sundry of essential leadership and life skills meant for a better world for all.
‘’Our main concern is to raise the flag high and say, every child in school. We are wagging a decent, outstanding battle to raise the lives of all children despite, race, creed or tribe. It is therefore our thrust to reach wide range of communities through our support from SAPST and the donor community.
‘’The focus glitters a light for all children far and beyond in marginalized communities to see the light, That is the weapon which kills poverty in every nation that attains social and economic development .Leaders are molded by inculcation of skills through arrival to better and sustainable education that drives the nation like in all parts of the World’’ .Nyaradzo made fluent echoes in gesticulations.
Speaking like a Parliamentarian, Honorable Fannie Chirisa echoed on the need of the Government of Zimbabwe to revisit its Education Act and attach it to the constitution. There is need to link as well with International protocols like the Universal Declaration for Human Rights of 1948. She further stated that the country must not look towards donors to lift up lives of children in Education, but there is the need to amass own resources and value systems meant to push for the forward pace of Education of every child.
‘’We must not always think of donors as the ones to address our plight especially looking at children in Education issues on the ground. Let us amass our own resources for the basic education of every child who must attain better education with life skills to build a better economy.
‘’It looks like sometimes we tend to lose focus and get bent looking for support which sometimes we do not get as we over-expect what is not there . Donors are just a wage to this issue, but , we as Parliament we need to push start a debate with special focus on lifting the child who must receive better value education.
‘’Waiting for BEAM , Basic Education Assistance Module without our own resources in terms of finance is sometimes very dangerous , because sometimes we do not get the support . At the end, it’s the future of our young generations that goes under the bridge at the expense of economic development, she said.
The Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child makes every child see the light in the future if well put in line with our Laws and Policies. All countries signatory to the United Nations and these protocols have gone a long way in maintaining the Rights of their children, who today are Leaders in their respective rights’’, said Fannie Chirisa.
Speaking on the side-line of children, Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children, Director, Taylor Nyanhete observed that many countries are not taking heed to these International protocols which builds on the good shape and manner which directs all children into better, developed and academic life.
‘’Education for All Goals of the United Nations are part and parcel of the Sustainable Development Goals , meant to educate , give better health for children and to protect them from any abuses , but , countries are not active in those issues.
‘’Zimbabwe has done well with other goals but still our focus is more on Education which is pivotal in any country. Since the time Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000, we made strides, but, sometimes we focus on other issues. Yes, true, we, have to, but sometimes, it’s at the expense of children.
‘’At the same time , focus must be for us all as nations fighting to change this world through full support of Education , especially those marginalized and vulnerable communities . Like echoed already, it is not the journey to be accomplished by donors alone, but communities must as well walk-talk the long journey to children emancipation’’, he concluded.
The most interesting story to tell according to those who attended this meeting is that, one survivor of child sexual abuse who first brought the Government to questioning over child marriage; Ruvimbo Tsopodzo attended the half day discussion which will bring parliament to its attention.
The Human Rights based organization has surveillance as well on other issues which affect children , but currently the special attention is resounding on the education of ALL CHILDREN in the country . As a measure to assemble their concerns, the organization is tight -clipped working with many parliamentarians to make a move way -forward in fostering change. The collective campaign action which will be put in motion is a development model for the emancipation of ALL Children in the country.
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