British govt gives Zimbabwe $10 million for school fees

By Nomalanga Moyo
SW Radio Africa
26 February 2014

The UK government has provided an extra $10 million to enable thousands of poor children across Zimbabwe to access basic education.

The Social Welfare Ministry asked for help from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), after the Zimbabwe government failed to fund its own Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) scheme.

BEAM is meant to offer social protection and pay primary school fees for one million orphans and vulnerable children.

The $10 million DFID funding commences in March and is aimed at 250,000 children in primary and special schools. This will be in addition to the $27 million that the agency provided in 2012-2013.

In all from 2011 to 2015, the UK expects to have invested $650 million in Zimbabwe’s education, health, water and sanitation sectors.

“The UK is very pleased to be able to provide this additional support which will make a huge difference to the lives of the children who will benefit along with their families and wider communities,” DFID’s Jane Rintoul said in a statement.

The development agency however said this was likely to be the UK’s final contribution to the education scheme, and urged Zimbabwe “to redouble its efforts to find additional funding sources”.

MDC-T Shadow Minister for Basic Education Concilia Chinanzvavana said if DFID withdraws, thousands of disadvantaged children will lose out.

“If DFID pulls out I don’t see any future for the disadvantaged children who have been depending on this scheme for elementary education.

“Basic education is a right, not even a social welfare issue, but our government has failed to ensure this right for many poor children, including those with special needs,” the legislator for Mash West told SW Radio Africa Wednesday.

She said ZANU PF should think of the children as the party’s officials loot and plunder national resources

In the past, there have been concerns over the way BEAM is administered, with some reports suggesting that some eligible children were being sidelined.

In response, DFID official Olympia Wereko-Brobby told this station in January that they had rigorous mechanisms in place to only ensure that only deserving children benefited.

“DFID has an interest in making sure the most vulnerable benefit from the programme. Our implementing partners Crown agents undertakes verification visits jointly with the Government of Zimbabwe to around 500 schools every term to follow up on where our money goes. This includes a review of the selection process,” Wereko-Brobby said.

At least $73 million is required to cover this school year, but Treasury allocated only $15 million.

The country’s critical sectors are all severely under-funded as corruption and mismanagement continue to bleed the economy and starve Treasury of proceeds from the country’s vast mineral wealth.

With the protracted economic crisis showing no signs of abating, hundreds of company have closed, rendering millions of Zimbabweans jobless and vulnerable.

The threat of a humanitarian crisis has seen Western donors stepping forward with billions of dollars to deliver social services on behalf of the ZANU PF government.

Last week, the US government announced a $100 million food relief programme to feed starving Zimbabweans over five years.

Also last week, the European Union gave the Zimbabwe government over $4 million for small businesses.

But even so, the hostile Mugabe administration won’t stop blaming its western funders for its self-inflicted ills.

18 Responsesto “British govt gives Zimbabwe $10 million for school fees”

  1. MX 22843 says:

    These pale gay devils must keep their dirty money. What is £10M to a rich country like Zimbabwe. We have our own from the massive sales of one of the biggest diamond industry in the world. Our leader is one of the most educated and he will personally pay the school fees from his personal funds. I know we are having a few hiccups transfering funds to the students in SA and Russia. This is due to the pale devils who are blocking wire transfers to be effected. This challenge will be solved very soon by the Mhondoro, Cde RGM.

  2. mike hondo says:

    Lets have a round of applause for the great MaBritishe public who are so very helpfull even though they are in debt themselves

  3. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    What is 10 million dollars from a former colonial power to a country that contributed immensely to the success of Great Britain? This is an outrage or act grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste. Zimbabwe deserves much more financial assistance from the United Kingdom.

    • Zim1 says:

      Take out your empty sadza bowl and beg for the Brit taxpayers money, you ignoramus!

    • Bob iGudo says:

      it is much considering that naive old impotent goat called Mugabe is using money meant for the nation to repair roads to his residence in preparation for bonas wedding.

  4. fxxxked off says:

    The stupidity of the brits astounds me. A billion usd a year in diamond revenue alone goes missing and by funding government programs the brits allow this to continue and are complicit. Someone should take them to the hague criminal court for aiding and a
    betting the plunder.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Give us evidence to support this foolish claim. Who gave you this foolish figure or it is the usual tired narrative we are used to being regurgitated by this pirate radio station in connivance with rhodies in the diaspora?
      Well, the British government has a moral right to assist its former colony that contributed immensely towards its economic growth. Our forefathers dies fighting alongside the British forces during the First and Second World Wars for the very existence of the United Kingdom.

      Our ancestors contributed immensely in building factories, bridges, highways and worked in industries of this country. Besides, the Great Britain had an unimpeded access to our mineral and land resources for close to two hundred years.
      Zimbabwe deserves better from the Cameron government and not this pittance financial assistance, my rhodie boy.

      Zimbabweans have a genuine grievance against their treatment by a country that should know better. If you have nothing useful to contribute on this important debate, you best bet is to shut the fck up, my rhodie boy.

      • MX 22843 says:

        Pirate radio station? Usual narative “regurgitated” by the ZanuPF propaganda machinery.


        Yet more lies from our phoney lecturer – the International Intelligence Authorities monitor the offshore bank accounts of these criminals masquerading as the Government of Zimbabwe and who used the cash to rig the elections, could tell you a much different story !

        According to the latest research Zimbabwe is now one of the most corrupt countries in the world to do business – even more corrupt than the Ukraine which this week saw it’s President toppled, because he and his government of thieves appropriated around $10 billion from the Nations coffers over the last 5 years !

        It is a mistake giving them any money – food aide only for the population their disastrous economic policies have impoverished.

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          The only one misinforming cheating the readership is you. All that has been said by Chimbwido Warvet is nothing else but the truth. I am fully aware that can not handle the truth. And as usual, when you can not handle the truth, you bring in irrelevant issues with view to diverting the readers’ attention to the crux of the matter.

          Bla bla, bla bla, Zimbabwe is now the most corrupt country in the world, thieves stole 10 billion dollars for the last 5 years, food aid to the populace, disastrous economic policies, impoverished economy etc etc. This has no bearing to the subject under review. It is irrelevant, illogical and irrational.

          What we write and publicise, should be within a context that should be well understood. It should not be a mumbo-jumbo as what appears to be the case each time you compile and post your articles. It is a shame that you have already told us that you are a hedge fund manager/proprietor who writes so poorly like this. I am astounded, mate.

          • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

            I don’t debate with the repulsive, shameless, brown nosed sycophants of Military Dictatorships.

            The only person who should hang his head in shame is you for accepting payments to lie through your teeth on behalf of the regime of a deranged psychopath and international pariah!

            If there were any rule of law in Zimbabwe, the Zanu thieves would have long ago been criminally charged and prosecuted for stealing the Nations diamond wealth, and seen their proceeds of crime sold off, and the money used to provide an education for the children of the Nation who have been impoverished by the greed and theft of these hated and despised thugs!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            If you really want to be useful and helpful to your followers like Chimbwido Warvet, you really need to write your articles within a context. In other words, you can not start your narrative by talking about baboons but your conclusion dwells on corruption in Zimbabwe and the Ukrainian political crisis. Clearly, it can be noted there is no relationship between baboons, corruption in Zimbabwe and the political crisis in Ukraine. Let us strive to be relevant to issues under review and not to wade off. Ok?

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