Zimbabwe set aside funds for educational textbooks

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Dec 29 13:45:51 UTC 2005

>>From People's Daily Online

Zimbabwe set aside funds for educational textbooks

The Zimbabwean government has set aside 4 billion Zimbabwean dollars
(about 60,000 U.S. dollars ) for next year to assist indigenous authors in
the writing and publication of educational textbooks to be used in schools
as part of the curriculum. Fananidzo Pesanai, an official with the
Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, was quoted by The Herald
newspaper as saying on Wednesday that the move is part of the government's
deliberate policy of promoting local culture.

Pesanai urged locals to approach the ministry with their projects for
funding. Professor Herbert Chimhundu, director of African Languages
Research Institute at the University of Zimbabwe, lamented the absence of
a national language policy in the country in view of the significance of
language in education. He said multi-lingual should be viewed as a
strength and not as a hindrance because language thrived in diversity.

Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education Washington Mbizvo also
proposed the setting up of a national language policy and school teachers
should operate under that policy framework where local languages would be
appreciated. Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture, Steven Mahere
said some of the concerns being raised were contained in the Education
Amendment Bill, which was currently before parliament. The University of
Zimbabwe was then tasked to come up with a draft national language policy
in the country.

Source: Xinhua

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