The Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) has entered into a partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation a non-profit making organisation from Switzerland in implementing the School Readiness Initiative (SRI) project in Zimbabwe. The project aims to provide vulnerable children especially those from Rural Districts with a good start into primary education through accessing quality ECD A and B. In implementing this project in Zimbabwe, MDP joins a consortium of partners made up of Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), Child Protection Society (CPS) and Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors (ZINECDA), the project will run for 2 years until April 2021, with a possibility to extend for a further 4 years.10 Rural Districts are beneficiaries of the SRI project and these are Buhera, Gokwe North, Gwanda, Mbire, Muzarabani, Mwenezi, Nyaminyami, Rushinga, Tongogara and Zvimba.
The Rural District Councils and Urban Councils Acts mandates local authorities with the role of provision, rehabilitation and servicing of School infrastructure under Education, however implementation and prioritisation of ECD A and B remains a challenge due to lack of adequate planning and prioritisation, funding, awareness and policy inconsistencies amongst other factors. The role of MDP in the SRI project is to support the 10 rural district councils in closing these gaps through capacity building, creation of supportive policy and platforms for stakeholder engagement with ECD A and B finding its place on the councils agenda.
Localisation of SDGs and recognising the important role played by local government in achieving target 4.2 is critical and the SRI project will support this once lowly prioritised subject of ECD A and B by local governments both in budgeting and planning. This page aims to disseminate some of the key findings, challenges, good practices and activities MDP has undertaken on the School Readiness Initiative.