Source: UNICEF rolls out 12k Science kits to primary schools | The Herald October 24, 2019
Yeukai Karengezeka Herald Correspondent
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has, in partnership with UNICEF, officially distributed 12 439 science kits to 5 441 disadvantaged primary schools around the country.
This is also in sync with Government policy which seeks to promote and ensure adequate teaching and learning equipment at all times in Zimbabwe, particularly among the most vulnerable.
The kits are expected to ensure equity among learners in terms of Science studies regardless of their geographical location.
This is expected to enhance learners’ interests in Science studies from ECD up to Advanced Level.
Speaking at the national launch of the Science kits at Kuwadzana 6 Primary School last week, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima said the kits, which will benefit at least 2,6 million students, were meant to enhance teaching and the learning of Science. “The ministry, in conjunction with UNICEF, intends to distribute 12 439 kits to 5 441 disadvantaged primary schools, which will ultimately benefit 2 650 000 learners,” he said.
“In response to the dictates of the competence-based curriculum, the kits are designed to enhance the teaching and learning of Science through appropriate technology and learner-centred methodologies.”
Minister Mavima said the availability of the Science kits is a major boost in the education sector as this will reduce the historical disparities which existed between rural and urban schools. He said the main aim of the competence-based curriculum is to develop learners into productive citizens who will contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country. UNICEF’s head for education Mrs Niki Abrishamian hailed the tremendous strides the ministry was making in developing the competence-based framework, which was in line with the tenets of sustainable development goals which emphasise the need to provide learners with quality education based on a relevant curriculum.
She said her organisation was committed to support teachers with training to ensure that they know how to use the kits.