Global Action Week for Education 2019 - #GAWE2019 “My education, my right”

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is hosting the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) Annual  Campaign, on 5 July at Dangababi Primary School in Hwange. The guest of Honour will be Honourable Vice President Kembo Mohadi.  Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) is one of the major focal points for the education movement. It provides every national and regional education campaign with an opportunity to highlight one area of the Education for All agenda and therefore make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of education campaigners and the public worldwide joining.

The 2019 theme is “Making, the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality”.  Zimbabwe’s specific theme is “Making the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality in Zimbabwe” -   #GAWE2019 -“My Education, my Right”

The 2019 theme calls for inclusivity which is and continues to be the role and responsibility of the State to provide free, quality and public education for all, especially the marginalised communities and persons. Inclusive education is defined as a learning environment that promotes the full personal, academic and professional development of all learners irrespective of race, class, gender, disability, sex, learning styles and language. However, with disability in Zimbabwe, there are challenges around negative attitudes and behaviour, on the part of both educators and parents in relation to disabled children’s ability to learn. Moreover, most schools do not have adequate teaching aids and equipment for disabled learners; neither do they have creative visual learning aids or widely available assistive technology.

Raising awareness of human rights in communities and publicising positive examples of disabled children (and disabled adults) succeeding in inclusive education and in life beyond school show a positive picture. Other possible methods include supporting disabled children to express their aspirations and participate in planning processes, promoting action research and critical pedagogy amongst teachers and ensuring that oversight bodies such as parent-teacher associations exist. Representation of  the parents of disabled children in such entities, is also crucial for addressing concerns and, more broadly, ensuring  just and democratic governance arrangements in schools.

GAWE 2019, supports citizens and communities to claim their right to education, encompassing the realisation of the full Sustainable Development Goal 4 – “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”