Promoting Access to Education for Children out of School

Despite basic education being free and compulsory for all, 400,000 children still remain out of school in Zambia. Many of these are orphaned children, child laborers, rural girls and children with disabilities. The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) is proposing a national campaign to mobilize communities to enroll out of school children in school, raise awareness on the challenge out of school children and conduct advocacy for policy interventions on ‘second chance’ education opportunities for out of school children.

Former Education Programme Manager

August 8th, 2013

Despite basic education being free and compulsory for all, 400,000 children still remain out of school in Zambia. Many of these are orphaned children, child laborers, rural girls and children with disabilities. The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) is proposing a national campaign to mobilize communities to enroll out of school children in school, raise awareness on the challenge out of school children and conduct advocacy for policy interventions on ‘second chance’ education opportunities for out of school children. The campaign will target parents, local leaders and schools authorities at the community level and policy makers at the national level. ZANEC will make use of the media through radio, television and print, social mobilization using social media and public dialogue forums at national and community levels in this campaign. This project is informed by studies conducted by ZANEC in 2010 on monitoring of Education for All goals “Inequality: Why governance Matters”, “UNICEF’s Reaching the Marginalized: Out of School Children mapping Report” and a regional study conducted by OSISA on Youth and Adult Education. This is a three year campaign but funding is requested for the first year from July 2013 to June 2014.

The overarching goal of this project is to increase access to education for out of school children in Zambia.

Specific Objectives:

(i) To engage communities (parents, school authorities and local leaders) to raise awareness on the right to education and mobilize out of school children to enroll in schools;

(ii) To develop strategies for curbing user fees in schools and providing second chance education opportunities for out of school children.

About the author(s)

Wongani Grace Nkhoma is the Education Programme Manager. Wongani has over 10 years experience working in the development sector. Before joining OSISA, Wongani worked with ActionAid International - Malawi as Regional Manager and Education Policy Coordinator

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