Educational Support includes provision of school fees, uniforms, stationery, career guidance, sexual reproductive health, counselling, child rights, psychosocial support, BEM/GEM, femushulin and other health related support to OVC. The organisation reserves an emergency fund to cover school related costs (uniforms, stationery, and other learning material) for the most vulnerable children from labour-constrained households. It also supports children in secondary school (Ordinary level and Advanced level) with vacation school.
Vacation school provides extra tutoring for students to prepare them for public exams. Examination results have a strong influence on children’s future opportunities, as this determines progression into the next level. In line with the Non Formal Education policy for Zimbabwe, MOC supports informal learning sites/ Out of School Study Group initiatives at (Glen forest in Goromonzi and Bhobho in Harare). These sites are supported with learners’ stationery, facilitators’ stationery, sporting equipment and monthly facilitators’ stipends.
MOC engages Ministry of Primary Secondary Education (MoPSE) to train ECD teachers. These trainings focus on identification of children with disability and early reading initiative to improve their quality of teaching. The organisation also engages Ministry of Health and Child Care to train ECD teachers on paediatric HIV /AIDS, care, support and treatment for HIV+ children in the ECD. ECD teachers are trained on developing learning and teaching materials using low to no cost material. The organisation promotes child friendly schools by conducting Joint Monitoring visits with MoPSE and support provincial and district Merit Awards. This is done to recognize and award schools that have excelled in creating child-friendly schools (CFS) as given in the CFS assessment criteria. These awards are meant to motivate school heads to improve quality of education. Material provided as awards include sporting equipment that also contribute towards making schools child friendly.
To ensure schools create inclusive environment for children with special needs, MOC work with the MoPSE’s Department of Schools Psychological Services (SPS), other disability-specific organisations (Health Watch), and the MoPSLSW to assess and advise schools and ECD centres in light of recommended universal infrastructure design.