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ECD A and B: A Focus by Rural District Councils through Capacity Development Workshops

Ten (10) of the Rural District Councils participating in the Roger Federer Foundation funded School Readiness Initiative (SRI) project in Zimbabwe, underwent some capacity development clustered trainings which took place from 15 September to 1 October 2020.

Facilitator stressing a point at the Buhera Zvimba Cluster

The capacity development trainings were demand driven following a gap analysis which noted that although Rural District Councils in Zimbabwe are custodians of over 80% of primary schools, ECD A and B was not being prioritized due to other competing priorities which are affecting the delivery of the Education mandate by Local Authorities. The trainings therefore aimed to enhance knowledge and tools on how RDCs could improve on Planning and Resources Mobilization for ECD A and B; Stakeholder Engagement and Community Mobilization and raising awareness and input into the Policy Environment for ECD A and B in Zimbabwe.

A total of 76 district officials were trained, these included office of the DDC, Councillors’, Chiefs, Council Management and Central Government Officials at District Level.  The trainings were delivered in four clusters, Muzarabani (consisted of Mbire, Rushinga and Muzarabani), Gokwe North (Consisted of Tongogara and Nyaminyami); Gwanda (Consisted of Mwenezi) and Buhera and Zvimba who met in Chinhoyi.

Participants at the Gokwe Nembudziya Cluster

The SRI project consists of a Consortium of 4 partners (CAMFED, CPS, ZINECDA and MDP). The Consortium through their strengths in the project, also made robust presentations which enlightened district councils on the importance of catching children at a tender age and planning for ECD A and B. As the District District Development Coordinator for said “There is a lot that can be accomplished provided people are equipped with the right skills and on their part carrying out duties with the right attitudes towards the national programme, I feel very empowered and enlightened on the subject of ECD learning promotion”