HARARE – Government says a pilot programme on non-formal education is set to increase the number of people accessing schooling in the country.

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\nNon-formal education in Zimbabwe includes instruction provided outside of the regular educational schools and includes correspondence courses, adult literacy campaigns, night school and study groups.

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The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said a pilot programme is being conducted in order to increase the number of people benefiting from non-formal education in line with the recently launched National Non-formal Education Policy.

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“We have launched a pilot scheme with 31 000 learners at various stages of learning. This will increase the number of people who are accessing education. As of now, we have partnered with agriculture colleges so that learners can also access agriculture qualifications,” said Dr Dokora.

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At independence, Zimbabwe embarked on an education for all policy.

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Under the policy adults who had been denied access to schools during the colonial era were educated through the non-formal education approach.

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This contributed to Zimbabwe achieving the highest literacy rate in Africa.