Call for Zimbabwean government to offer evictees proper schooling

7th October 2011 at 01:00

The Zimbabwean government must ensure that children it evicted can go to school, an Amnesty International report demanded this week.

Left Behind: The impact of Zimbabwe's mass forced evictions on the right to education shows that thousands of young people forced from their homes during Operation Murambatsvina in 2005 are unlikely to be getting an adequate schooling. Children as young as 13 are working on building sites.

The government justified its eviction programme by claiming that people had been living in deplorable conditions. It set up the housing scheme Operation Garikai (Better Life) to resettle several thousand of the 700,000 evictees, promising better access to services.

"Instead the victims have been driven deeper into poverty while denial of education means young people have no real prospect of extricating themselves from continuing destitution," said Amnesty International deputy Africa director Michelle Kagari.

Ms Kagari added: "The government's removal of people from places where they had access to education, and its subsequent failure to provide education, has struck a devastating blow to the lives and dreams of thousands of children."

henry.hepburn@tes.co.uk.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now