Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Committee On Education Pays Courtesy Call On EduWatch

Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Committee On Education Pays Courtesy Call On EduWatch

EduWatch yesterday hosted a delegation of Zimbabwean Parliamentarians comprising the Chairman and Members of the Education Committee of Zimbabwe's Parliament who are on a working visit to Ghana. The purpose of the visit was to seek Eduwatch’s technical support towards Zimbabwe’s plans to implement a Free Basic Education Programme, dwelling on Ghana’s 16 years experience in managing a Free Basic Education Programme. Both parties pledged to work together to ensure Zimbabwe implements a credible, inclusive and equitable Free Basic Education Programme.

Issues bordering on Education Financing, Equitable Access, Quality Basic and Civil Society’s role in ensuring a successful Free Basic Education programme featured in the discussions. Education, and to also understand how Eduwatch has been able to influence Government policies.

In his presentation to the delegation, Eduwatch Executive Director, Kofi Asare highlighted the need for Parliaments across Africa to partner CSOs in their operations since they shared a common mandate-to exercise accountability over the executive arm of government, including the civil and public service in the delivery of social services including education.

He further cited Eduwatch's collaborative roles in demanding accountability from Government Agencies mandated to deliver education service through Parliamentary Committees and other Accountability agencies in Government.

Kofi Asare mentioned five key building blocks for a Free Basic Education in Zimbabwe-Expanded School Infrastructure, Increased training and deployment of teachers, Sustained Funding, Community & Civil Society Participation and an equitable system for deploying education resources.

The Chairman of the Committee, who also led the delegation expressed gratitude to Eduwatch for sharing their knowledge to help balance their perspectives and inform their recommendations to the Zimbabwean Parliament and Education Ministry to strengthen their Free Basic Education planning process.

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