School’s Out: Torrential Rains Wipe Out Bridges, Students’ Access to Education

 
  • Published on The Tennessee Tribune on 23rd March 2021
  • Edited by Judith Isacoff and Matthew B. Hall
 
Villagers in Chimanimani, eastern Zimbabwe, attempt to reconstruct a flood-damaged bridge weeks after the water level has subsided. (Photo courtesy of Liberty Dube)
 
  • In Zimbabwe, hundreds of children in rural areas cannot attend school because of heavy rains that have flooded roads and bridges. Torrential rains have been on-going since January 2021. Schools have opened in March 2021 for the first time since the national lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The heavy rainfall has brought to attention issues with Zimbabwe’s infrastructure, which has not been modernised in decades. A report by the African Development Bank has commented that the declining quality in infrastructure is an obstacle to economic growth in African countries. In addition, the economic downturn as a result of the national lockdown has further depleted the country’s resources.
  • The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe have stated that teachers are finding it impossible to get to schools in rural areas because of the washed-out roads and bridges.
  • In February 2021, the Zimbabwean government stated that $80 million has been invested in an Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program. This program was created in 2018 but the funds necessary to start the program were not available at that time.
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