United Nations Children and Education Fund, UNICEF in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Economics Society convened on the third session of the High level Political Dialogue on Education Financing to solicit for ideas to avail free education.
“Initiated by the UNICEF and the Zimbabwe Economics Society, the Child Budgeting Series serves as a knowledge exchange platform to discuss how macro and microeconomic policies and investments impact children and seek to influence policy development in the social sectors.” Dr Tajudeen Oyewale, the UNICEF Representative for Zimbabwe explained the broad objectives of the initiative.
Furthermore the session also interrogated the issues that cut across education delivery, higiene, water included. “The series features several policy issues across; education; health; child protection; water, hygiene, and sanitation; climate adaptation and mitigation; social protection; and other issues of importance to children in Zimbabwe.” Ojewale also emphasised.
The meeting was held under the theme, ‘Free Basic State-funded Education: Leaving No One Behind’ and saw government through the The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Hon. Dr Evelyn Ndlovu commiting to availing equal opportunities for children through education.
The pollcy Dialogue was designed to avail opportunities to change knowledge and devise recommendations that help in improvement of the policy to facilitate free education for the children in Zimbabwe.
The meeting was attended by the British Embassy, Microsoft African representative, ministry of finance, Canadian Embassy to Zimbabwe among other representatives.