Home » General » BRITAIN PROVIDING 10 MLN USD AID FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN ZIMBABWE

HARARE, Feb 27– Britain, through its Department for International Development (DFID), will next month provide 10 million USD in aid which will benefit more than 250,000 primary schoolchildren from
vulnerable families in Zimbabwe.

The DFID said Wednesday that the funds would benefit children from 5,415 primary and special schools who are under the government’s Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). The Head of the DFID Office in Zimbabwe, Jane Rintoul, said the funding would contribute to higher attendance and completion rates among orphans and vulnerable children.

“The United Kingdom is very pleased to be able to provide this additional support which I know will make a huge difference to the lives of the children who will benefit along with their families and wider communities,” she said.

The funding by DFID is in response to the government’s request for additional funding. Rintoul said DFID also commended the government for its policy directive to freeze school fees and levies in 2014, saying the move, if enforced, would ensure more children were supported under BEAM.

“The DFID also encourages the Government of Zimbabwe to redouble its efforts to find additional funding sources for BEAM given that this is likely to be the UK’s final contribution to the BEAM programme,” she
added.

The government this year suspended BEAM assistance to special schools, a development which educationists said would affect children with disabilities. BEAM assists children from poor backgrounds with school fees.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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