Monthly Archives: August 2010

Zimbabwe: unlicensed and outdoors or no school at all

IRIN 30 August 2010 EPWORTH – Simbarashe Choga, 65, a retired teacher, is the local butcher in Epworth, some 20km northeast of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare; he is also the principal of the primary school he runs out of his shop. “My teachers keep their records and other materials at my butchery, which operates as […]

Zimbabwe stops teenage mother expulsions

Independent SA by Columbus Mavhunga 29 August 2010 Zimbabwe’s government has been forced to fend off charges that it is encouraging teen sex after deciding to grant parental leave to pregnant schoolgirls and soon-to-be dads. The education ministry of Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government last week announced that young girls who fall pregnant during the course of […]

Government snubs civil servants

Newsday By Owen Gagare 29 August 2010 Government snubbed civil servants’ unions who requested a meeting a fortnight ago pressing for a minimum wage of $500 for the lowest paid worker. Apex Council president Tendai Chikowore wrote to government seeking a meeting to kick-start salary negotiations but said their employer was dragging feet over the […]

Why Ireland and Scotland should not go to Zimbabwe by Michael Taylor 27 August 2010 Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen. – Robert Mugabe, The Sunday Times, 26 February 1984 Last Thursday the ICC confirmed that Ireland will travel to Zimbabwe in September to play three […]

Develop publishing industry to improve libraries

The Chronicle Editorial Comment 27 August 2010 Zimbabwe prides itself in having one of the highest literacy rate on the continent, a feat that took many years of investment in education to achieve. The quality of education is determined largely by the quality of teaching material and the competence of those imparting the knowledge. The […]

Mugabe Refused Hero Status for MDC Leader

VOA by Peta Thornycroft 25 August 2010 The two Movement for Democratic Change parties have united in anger against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s refusal to accord national hero status to Gibson Sibanda, a founding MDC leader who died earlier this week. Gibson Sibanda, who died at age 66 in his home city, Bulawayo, was a […]

Zimbabwe seeks closer ties with Edinburgh festivals

The Scotsman by Staff Writer 24 August 2010 Zimbabwe’s culture minister has called for forging new ties between festivals in Edinburgh and his country’s major cities of Harare and Bulawayo. “I think that the Harare International Festival of Arts has got a lot to learn from the Edinburgh Festival,” said David Coltart, a founding figure […]

Festival of Politics report

Christian 23 August 2010 I went with great expectations to a session of the Festival of Politics at Holyrood last Saturday to listen to a debate on Scotland’s possible role in bringing those involved in conflict to the negotiating table and facilitating peace agreements. David Coltart, Minister for Education for the MDC Party in […]

Gillespie and Donald start Zimbabwe stints

Sydney Morning Herald by Staff Writer 19 August 2010 Former Test fast bowlers Jason Gillespie of Australia and South African Allan Donald are happy to start coaching in Zimbabwean domestic cricket and are looking forward to helping rebuild the sport in the African country. The pair were presented on Wednesday as head coaches of franchises […]

Textbook bonanza for schools in Zimbabwe By Vladimir Mzaca 22 August 2010 Primary education in Zimbabwe is to get a shot in the arm with the distribution of 13million textbooks. The textbooks have been made available through the Basic Assistance Module (Beam) programme between the Zimbabwean government and the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund. Funding was made available though the Education […]