School children in Harare, Zimbabwe attending a Peace Day Celebration sponsored by UNESCO Office in Harare

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School children in Harare, Zimbabwe attending a Peace Day Celebration sponsored by UNESCO Office in Harare

The Education programme at the UNESCO Office in Harare assists Regional countries in the following critical areas:  Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Teacher Education, among others.

There is a growing realisation that TVET plays a key role in national development by strengthening the link between the economy and the demand and supply side of the labour market. UNESCO office in Harare and Southern African Development Community (SADC) therefore jointly support a regional initiative that seeks to establish the status of TVET across the SADC region at the policy, institutional and pedagogical levels.

The Sector also support to the development of the Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) in ministries of Education in cluster countries. This entails working with partners such as ADEA-Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and UNICEF is providing technical support in capacity building and systems development efforts.

UNESCO office in Harare has also been engaged in educational policy formulation and implementation with special focus on gender, inclusion and empowerment of women, Early Childhood Care and advocate for a holistic approach to addressing issues concerning teachers and teaching personnel. In addition to all of the above the Office also promotes and advocates for literacy at all  levels through national, regional and international stakeholders.

The UNESCO office in Harare also supports the recovery efforts in the Zimbabwean education sector by working closely with the broad network of partners. The office has participated in, and contributed to the restoration of the delivery of education services as a member of the Education Working group, Education Transition Fund and the basic Services Technical Review Group, among others.

On  broader level, the Office also promotes UNESCO's leading role in the global Education for All (EFA) movement at the national and cluster level. EFA aims to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.

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