UNICEF opens resource centre at Women’s University in Africa
By Elizabeth Mupfumira
UNICEF Zimbabwe has strengthened its partnership with the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) by opening a Resource Centre for students studying the Post Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Policies.
In addition to the Resource Centre, UNICEF also handed over a motor vehicle, a borehole with water tanks, and a generator, all aimed at improving the learning experience of students at the University.
The Resource Centre which is housed in the WUA’s main library, will provide students in the Child Sensitive Social Policies programme with information through key local and international publications, key UNICEF documents, research papers, and other resources in areas that affect women and children in order to enhance their teaching and learning experience.
UNICEF Representative, Mr. Reza Hossaini applauded WUA’s initiative to promote the well-being of women and children through the programme. “The post-graduate diploma is helping to shape a better future for Zimbabwean children by strengthening the capacities of policy-makers and programme implementers to develop evidence-based child-friendly and gender-sensitive programmes,” he said.
By strengthening the capacity of civil society, policy makers, and government partners to develop child friendly and gender sensitive policies, legislators will be able to pass more child friendly budgets and laws which will ultimately result in legislation and policy that will help to shape the future of the most vulnerable members of society
WUA’s Founder and Vice Chancellor, Professor Hope Sadza expressed gratitude for the partnership with UNICEF, and looked to the future. “Through this programme, we look forward to developing more long term solutions to the capacity gap as Zimbabwe seeks to develop more sustainable approaches to children’s issues,” she said.
As Zimbabwe transitions to a period of recovery, there has been an increased focus on issues around child protection, social inclusion and child poverty, thus an urgent need to change the way decision makers and legislators address issues of poverty and inequality of women and children.
The UNICEF and WUA partnership began in 2012 when the two came together to introduce, amongst other initiatives, a new Post Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Policies in response to a growing need to increase the capacity of national experts to address the effects of poverty and inequality on the rights of children and women.