Children First is implemented with the support of:

USAID Zimbabwe

USAID provides HIV/AIDS support to Zimbabwe both on a bilateral basis and through its Regional HIV/AIDS Program for Southern Africa. Through its bilateral program, USAID focuses on mitigating the pandemic through innovative activities to promote behavior change and reduce the stigma of AIDS.

These activities include HIV/AIDS counseling and testing services, social marketing of condoms, integration of HIV/AIDS measures into existing family planning programs, strengthening the capacity of civil society to formulate and advocate for improved HIV/AIDS policies, support for community responses to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children, and support services for those living with HIV/AIDS. USAID supports efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and has begun to support the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy interventions.

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Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

The overall thrust of OSISA's education program is to contribute to the transformation of the education sector in the region by improving access to and quality of education for disadvantaged children and adults. In this regard, OSISA's education program emphasizes education that prioritizes purpose, quality and relevance by making strategic interventions aimed at the development of competent and critical citizens of an open society. OSISA also promotes education reform processes at national and regional levels by supporting the development of innovative pilots that are able to inform policy or implementation models in key strategic areas, including Early Childhood Education.

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UNICEF Zimbabwe

Currently, the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture (MoESAC)with the support of UNICEF and the donors of the Education Transition Fund (ETF), is undertaking an unprecedented logistical exercise to deliver 13 million textbooks to all 5,644 Zimbabwean primary schools.

Through the Education Transition Fund, UNICEF helped sponsor Children First’s “Let’s Put Children First—Back to School Campaign” in 36 primary schools within Umzingwane District in Matabeleland South Province. The campaign seeks to create a positive school environment and ensure that all primary schools have the required textbooks, including English, Math, Shona or Ndebele and Environmental Science. The campaign also uses creative and performing arts to raise student and community awareness around the importance of maintaining their textbooks and school materials.

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