International non-governmental organisation World Vision Zimbabwe has embarked on an ambitious programme to provide bicycles to at least 72 000 rural children, majority of them girls, struggling to access education.
Thousands of rural children in Zimbabwe have to travel long distances despite the gains made by government to provide education for all citizens since majority rule 34 years ago.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora on Friday toured the World Bicycle Relief Company in Ruwa from which the bicycles would be assembled with the first consignment of 250 destined for Binga, one of the country’s most marginalised regions, set for release soon.
Dokora said he was particularly concerned about the welfare of the girl child in her quest for an education.
“IGATE (Improving Girls Access through Transforming Education) baseline report has shown a myriad of key barriers to girls, families and communities with respect to support for the education,” said Dokora.
“The report stated poverty, distance, ritual norms and issues surrounding girls time burden in the home as some of
the biggest barriers to girls’ success”.
IGATE is programme which brings together the ministry of education, World Vision and its numerous partners, including the World Bicycle Relief.