WESE Statement on the State of Zimbabwean Education: A Threat to Women’s Economic Empowerment

Education is key to women empowerment, it enables women to respond to challenges, confront their traditional role and change their lives. Education is an input of human development and ensures entrepreneurial development. Zimbabwean women are concerned about teachers not going to work. This has increased women’s problems especially those in rural areas who already have a plethora of them too. Despite raising money amidst COVID 19 challenges for school fees with the aim of securing the future of the country the children have not commenced learning. The teachers have now embarked on extra lessons which is an extra burden to the parents of today. The state of education perpetuated by the government is accelerating child marriages for the girls for they are spending less time in schools.

As Women for Economic and Social Empowerment (WESE) we are concerned about the current state of affairs in the education sector for this has a direct impact on women’s economic empowerment.

We therefore;

  • Call upon the government of Zimbabwe to grant the children their constitutional right to education according to Section 75 and 81 of Zimbabwean constitution through providing teachers a living wage
  • Call upon the government of Zimbabwe to consider our plea to have the girl child spend most of their time at school inorder to prevent child marriages by providing the teachers a living wage
  • Call the government of Zimbabwe to lessen the burden on women by allowing schools to run through paying the teachers a living wage
  • Call the women of today to help in reminding the government of Zimbabwe that the pipeline to women’s economic empowerment starts by ensuring access to quality education for girls which can only be done by providing a living wage for the teachers.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela

Source: WESE

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