Real orphans should benefit

Real orphans and vulnerable children should benefit from the Basic Education Assistance Module by involving them in the selection process, child representative groups said last week.

The BEAM selection process should be transparent.
The BEAM selection process should be transparent.

Speaking at the Launch of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, child representative Carol Nyandoro said the process must be transparent.

“We want the selection process to be transparent, targeting the real orphans and other vulnerable children. This is the only hope for OVCs to have a decent education,” she said.

BEAM was introduced by the government to assist children in need and its numbers are increasing daily due to HIV and AIDS-related deaths.

Apart from the partisan selection process, BEAM also falls short of meeting the needs of the many children who are eligible, but who are not on the list.

“To the Prime Minister we ask for more money for BEAM so that it reaches more orphans and other vulnerable children in Zimbabwe,” said Nyandoro.

In partnership with UNICEF, and the International Donor Community, comprising of the European Commission and Governments of Netherlands, Sweden and The United Kingdom the Government of Zimbabwe launched the programme, with a call to strengthen families in order to ensure love, protection and identity for children.

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