MDP has been implementing the School Readiness Initiative (SRI) in ten Rural District Councils in Zimbabwe (Buhera, Gokwe North, Muzarabani, Mwenezi, Nyaminyami, Rushinga, Zvimba, Gwanda, Mbire and Tongogara) since May 2019. The Initiative’s main objective is to enhanced access to quality ECD education so that vulnerable children are ready for primary education. The project seeks to achieve this objective through enhancing the ownership by relevant stakeholders (the Rural District Councils, District Education Officers, local leadership, school development committees, communities and parents) of the children’s needs in ECD, the phase of transition into Grade 1 and mobilize them to ensure a better learning environment for young learners. The role of MDP in implementing the project is to support actions around enhancing the capacity of the 10 Rural District Councils to create a conducive early learning environment at the local level and to capacitate structures which directly or indirectly interact with issues relating to early childhood education at the district level.

One of the start-up activities is to assist the RDCs to review their district strategic plans to incorporate ECD, develop ECD policy at district level and raise awareness on the importance of ECD amongst various stakeholders. A visit to Tongogara RDC was undertaken from 19 to 20 May 2021. The objective of the visit was to assist the RDC to undertake the activities mentioned above.

Click Here for Aide Memoire for Tongogara RDC. This Aide Memoire is the same for all the other active RDCs ( Buhera, Gokwe North, Muzarabani, Mwenezi, Nyaminyami, Rushinga, Zvimba, Gwanda, Mbire)