Submitted by Cary Jimenez USAID/Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s primary school students will soon be able to get a better education, thanks to an influx of new materials and support provided in part by USAID. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai launched the program on September 8.
Zimbabwe’s 5,300 primary schools will receive over 13 million new textbooks, dramatically improving the current situation of one textbook for every ten students to one textbook for every two students. Schools will also each get steel cabinets where they can safely store the books and other materials.
USAID is working in cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe and several other international donors on this education fund, which will also help train teachers and school administrators and work to reform policies to allow more poor children to attend school.