Childhood Development has been seen as a key necessity to ensure education of learners in the country.
This came to surface during the ongoing two day Early Childhood Development Indaba being spearheaded by Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Actors (ZINECDA) and Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI).
The Programme is running under the theme: ECD achieving equity_ inclusivity and access to quality education in the 2021-2025 ESSP.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Programme, Gokwe Legislator Hon Torerayi Moyo from Chiriya said ECD Financing is crucial to the development of education hence the need to allocate resources to cater for marginalized sections.
“Education Financing is very important and very indispensible. If we do not finance our ECD we are likely to have challenges in terms of quality education. I am a parliamentarian who represent rural schools where you would find some schools are behind and may not have adequate resources which means we need to work together with civic society organizations in ensuring that we lobby for more financing on the education sector particularly issues regarding early child development,” he said.
He went on to say that there is a need of collobarative efforts between the government and the civic society to lobby for the allocation funds and resources to be prioritized towards ECD learning.
“It’s sad that in the national budget only 2 percent was allocated to ECD, that’s very little. So my understanding is that we need to seat down and find ways that are progressive.”
He also urged Civic Society Organizations to take part in the ongoing parliamentary hearings on education and budget financing. This would strengthen advocacy and structural adjustments.
“Next week we are going have public hearings. I happened to belong to two portfolio committees on Primary and secondary education and Committee on Budget and economic development so we have four teams that are going to travel nationwide. So my advice to civic organizations is that we want you to make submissions. Bring your papers because you are the voice of the voiceless.”
The Programme is a result of partnership entered in May 2019 the Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Actors (ZINECDA) and Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) with the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF), a non-profit making foundation based in Switzerland.
The main thrust is to implement a two-year project under the banner School Readiness Initiative (SRI).