According to a report by the local Children Protection Committee, a total of 2 116 children have pulled out of primary and secondary schools. The area, whose main source of livelihood is cotton farming, is one of the remotest in the country.
“The CPC has noted that the parents and guardians of the affected children have literally given up trying to find money for the education of the kids,” says the report.
The report also states that the guardians of the children in question depend on seasonal sales from cotton and are currently arguing that they no longer have money to spare from their sales.
John Govera, the provincial coordinator for the National Action Plan for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children, told The Zimbabwean that efforts were being made to curb the current problem.
“We are aware of the problem and it’s incredibly bad. What we are doing is try and come up with a register of the affected children so that we approach partners and the broader donor community for assistance,” he said.Post published in: News