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Zimbabwe: 40 000t Grain for Schools Feeding Scheme

Zimbabwe/ By Tafadzwa Ndlovu / The Herald/ 28 ABRIL 2016

Resumen: El Gobierno de Zimbabwe ha obtenido 40 000 toneladas de granos para la alimentación de las escuelas, cuya distribución se espera que comience el próximo mes. En una entrevista con The Herald, El Ministro de Primaria y Educación Secundaria  Dr. Lázaro Dokora dijo queel programa de alimentación en las escuelas se llevarían a cabo en tres fases empezando por el nivel infantil, es decir, desde la primera infancia hasta los dos niveles de educación siguientes.

 Government has secured 40 000 tonnes of grain for the schools feeding scheme expected to start next month. In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora said the schools feeding programme would be carried out in three phases starting with the infant level, that is from early childhood development to Grade Two levels.

He said the programme would be extended to junior school next year and to secondary schools later.

«We now know that we need 37 000 to 40 000 tonnes of grain over a term for distribution nationally to all our schools in the rural areas.

«We are looking at feeding more than 3,2 million children and we should begin to see activity when schools open next week. Urban areas have been excluded to the extent that we demarcated certain wards, for instance wards in Epworth and peri-urban settlements like Caledonia,» he said.

Dr Dokora said schoolchildren would receive one hot meal a day, adding they realised that most children came to school on an empty stomach last term, while others dropped out of school due to hunger.

«Kids are not going to be given foodstuffs to carry home, but will get one hot meal a day. There are donations that are coming in as well as purchases being made of beans, rice and cereals and in some cases we will ask those communities that have access to other forms of carbohydrates to chip in.»

Cabinet, a fortnight ago, approved a $200 million national schools feeding scheme to feed schoolchildren, to ensure food security following the prevailing El Nino-induced drought.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched the national food control assessment tool, which is set to improve the process of monitoring the quality and safety of food imported and produced in the country, writes Bianca Leboho.

The monitoring system is being done in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The tool, which will be field tested in the country, is meant to ascertain Zimbabwe’s competence in monitoring food safety and quality and ensure that the country continuously improves its food monitoring system.

Launching the tool in Harare on Tuesday, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Gerald Gwinji said food safety was of importance to Government hence the need to support the initiative.

«The safety of food is of paramount importance hence why FAO, WHO and Government have come together in order to look at our food control tools,» he said.

«We must ensure the safety of food that is imported into the country and also of food that is grown and reared locally.»

Dr Gwinji said the process of monitoring the safety of food in the country cut across many Government ministries and agencies, which include the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and local authorities.

«Zimbabwe has food security assessment tools already in place but these agencies are not coordinated,» Dr Gwinji said.

«The launch of the assessment tool in Zimbabwe by FAO and WHO will help us to coordinate all the food security assessment agencies and ensure that we develop a standard tool which will help us to measure the standard of food that is produced and imported into the country.

«We import a lot of food and sometimes it comes in through informal borders hence there is need for a good structure with which to monitor food.»

FAO sub-regional coordinator and Country Representative Mr David Phiri said the food control system assessment tool has already been tested in The Gambia, Zambia, Morocco and Sierra Leone.

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Zimbabwe: Teachers urged to be morally upright

África/Zimbabwe/Abril 2016/Fuente:TheHerald /Autor:Samantha Chigogo

Resumen:Los maestros deben ser moralmente rectos y tienen el compromiso de conducir modelo económico del país dijo el funcionario del Gobierno. Al hablar en la ceremonia de graduación de 602 maestros en el Colegio de ayer Nyadire de Maestros, el Ministro de Educación Secundaria y Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo Profesor Jonathan Moyo, dijo que los maestros tienen el mandato de contribuir a la erradicación de la pobreza.


Teachers should be morally upright and have the zeal to drive the country’s economic blueprint Zim-Asset forward, to help promote socio-economic development, a Government official said yesterday. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 602 teachers at Nyadire Teachers’ College yesterday, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo, said teachers have the mandate to contribute towards the Zim-Asset poverty eradication and social services cluster.

«The teachers that we groom must be relevant to Zimbabwe, and must understand that education is the source of solutions to the country’s challenges. No education, no solution,» Prof Moyo said.

«Those who think that solutions come from politicians are naive and are yet to discover education. Instead of teaching children how to complain about problems they face, a morally upright teacher should teach them how to solve those problems and such a teacher produces problem solvers.»

Minister Moyo hailed Nyadire Teachers College’s proposal to transform into a degree-awarding institution.

«I appreciate the argument that the time has come for our teachers’ colleges to produce degreed teachers and for the lecturers at these colleges to have a Masters degree, if not a doctorate degree, relevant to their vocation,» he said.

«In this connection, the Ministry has its ears wide open to the college’s proposal to transform into some kind of a degree-awarding institution and offer a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education, as the college’s main qualification.»

Prof Moyo also urged teachers to be competent.

«It is often said that those who know do and those who don’t know, teach. The essence of this prosaic view is that teachers tend to rely on textbooks to teach things they do not know anything about,» he said.

«The modern teacher who is a key driver for sustainable socio-economic development must have intimate knowledge of what they teach and must be a competent doer with life skills.»

Prof Moyo lauded the institution for its contribution to the country’s highly regarded primary education, which has seen the country’s literacy rate consistently ranging between 92 and 96 percent.

«The time has come to consolidate the country’s literacy achievement by ensuring that our teachers’ colleges produce graduates who are numerate without exception,» he said.

«For this to happen, every tertiary and higher education student must have minimum mathematical skills, which are the necessary bedrock of the new STEM culture being spearheaded by the ministry.»

Prof Moyo said: «It is pleasing that some 1 144 students have gone through the ICT module this year and that 88 students are specialising in mathematics as their main subject.

«This is important in line with the ministry’s policy thrust to ensure that no student will be eligible to enrol in tertiary and higher education institutions unless they obtained at least a ‘C’ or better in Mathematics at O- Level.»

University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura, hailed the on-going partnership between UZ and Nyadire, saying he had confidence in the quality of teachers produced by the institution.

«These graduates are not ordinary teachers, but a new breed of enterprising and highly-trained teachers demanded by the times because we have monitored the progress of the graduands throughout the three years of training and approved all their syllabi and examinations,» he said.

«This new breed will not shy away from Technology, Mathematics and Science and they are ready to take their place in schools and communities as STEM ambassadors,» said Prof Moyo.

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Zimbabwe: Man Jailed for Using Fake Academic Results


África/Zimbabwe/Marzo 2016/Fuente: NewZimbabwe.Com/Autor: Midlands Corresponsal

Resumen: Un hombre fue encarcelado por falsificar resultados para obtener un lugar en la Universidad Estatal de Midlands

Tawanda Fohlo, 21, faced fraud charges when he appeared before magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda.

He was sentenced to six months in prison but the court suspended four months on conditions.

Fohlo, who kept shaking his head in disbelief after the sentence, had pleaded with magistrate to spare him jail saying he did not know that his actions constituted a serious offence.

«Your worship please spare me jail. I did not know that what I did constituted a serious offence,» said Fohlo.

Prosecutors told the court that on March 8, Fohlo went to MSU and tendered a fake Advanced Level result slip to Ignatius Njini who works in the institution’s records and archives department.

Njini however, noticed that the results slip was fake and alerted authorities at the MSU who in turn made a police report leading to Fohlo’s arrest.

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