£12m to give girls a better future

Nearly 50,000 marginalised girls aged 10 to 18 years are set to benefit from a three-year donor-funded project aimed at giving more opportunities to girls, according to Maria Tokwani, an education specialist at World Vision Zimbabwe.

Under the £12m scheme, World Vision, Care Zimbabwe and SNV Zimbabwe will support girls in 500 schools in overcoming traditional barriers to their development and progress.

“Our primary aim is to prevent early drop-out by creating an enabling environment that encourages girls already outside of the school to re-enrol and complete their education,” said Tokwani.

“The project started early this year and will end 2016. The scheme targets girls in Binga, Lupane, Nkayi, Beitbridge and Mangwe districts of Matabeleland, and in the Midlands districts of Gokwe North and South and Mberengwa.

Tokwani said the project sought to build the capacity of school development committees in planning, budgeting and issues relating to girls.

“We engage girls and mothers in discussions on menstrual hygiene management, and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe helps us engage the church,” she said.

“This educational project also has health components that promote water and sanitation hygiene and de-worming in children in schools where it is being implemented, which in turn increases school attendance and participation.

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