UNICEF to distribute science kits to all secondary schools in Zimbabwe
By Richard Nyamanhindi
After realizing the challenges facing the promotion and teaching of Science in Zimbabwe and the ever-increasing number of pupils failing the subject – the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education through its Strategic Plan (2011-2015) in partnership with UNICEF have embarked on a massive program to revive science teaching in the country. The program is funded through the Education Development Fund (EDF) – a multi-donor funding mechanism.
The program has already acquired 2,449 sciences kits which will be distributed starting January 2014 and is currently working on the re-capacitation of more than 5,000 science teachers from the 2,336 secondary schools in the country on the safe use and maintenance of the apparatus in the new science kits.
The science kits will be distributed to all registered and satellite secondary schools as well as some registered non-formal institutions offering the science curriculum. Each kit comprises of 172 different items, 46 of which are chemicals and has enough supplies to cover 178 different experiments from Form 1-4 classes. The distribution of the kits is expected to have been completed by the end of July 2014. The science kits are not being distributed in isolation but are meant to complement the EDF science textbooks that were distributed between 2011 and 2013.