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A majority of schools in Matabeleland are understaffed and ill-equipped to provide quality education | Image by Unsplash
The Citizen Bulletin is bringing together teachers, parents, experts and activists to discuss challenges bedeviling public education in Matabeleland—and to explore lasting solutions.
BULAWAYO (The Citizen Bulletin) — Since the first person tested positive to coronavirus in Zimbabwe in March 2020, thousands of pupils have been on an extended school vacation. A minority of these have been forced to drop out of school due to a number of issues including unwanted pregnancies.
In this Open Newsroom, we discussed what the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) should finance using devolution funds. We were joined by BCC deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube and two community activists with interests in service delivery and civic participation.
The Citizen Bulletin recently reported that a storm is brewing within Bulawayo City Council (BCC) chambers over whether to channel devolution funds to road works or urgently use them for water augmentation projects in the face of COVID-19.
We plan to launch our Open Newsroom activities in February to better listen to our communities, build relationships, share story ideas and solve community problems.
At The Citizen Bulletin we believe in giving our audiences — communities that we serve — a platform to actively participate in our reporting processes.
Put differently, we operate as a journalistic community that informs and convenes communities who need, and have information that becomes more powerful when it’s all put together.