ZIMBABWE / ANTHONY LAKE

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Thanks to an education transition fund, Zimbabwean schools now boast a pupil to textbook ratio of one to one.  During a recent visit to Zimbabwe, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake saw first hand the impact efforts like those are having on the lives of children. UNICEF

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STORY: ZIMBABWE / ANTHONY LAKE
TRT: 3.17
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: SHONA / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 7-9 MARCH 2013, GOROMONZI DISTRICT, ZIMBABWE

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, women waiting in the clinic
2. Close up, baby waiting in the clinic
3. Wide shot, grade 7 class raising their hands to answer teacher’s question
4. Close up, student playing with building blocks
5. Various, Mcronald Moyo, 12 year old boy, walking
6. SOUNDBITE (Shona) McRonald Moyo, 12 year old boy:
“In 2008, when we did not have textbooks, it was hard because children were sharing books and the pass rate was very low. But now the pass rate has gone up because we are now learning without sharing textbooks.”
7. Various, children writing on paper
8. Wide shot, Anthony Lake talking to students
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF:
“You can sit in New York and you read the statistics on textbooks, students, and everything. But it’s so great to see all these textbooks and all these students so engaged and learning about for example here environmental sciences, which is going to make such a big difference in their lives. And it’s a great reminder that not just every statistic, not just every child, but every textbook actually has such meaning for the future for some individuals. It’s really great.”
10. Wide shot, health worker filling her health card
11. Close up, health worker filling her health card
12. Wide shot, shelves with medicine
13. Wide shot, shelves with ARV drugs
14. Wide shot, women waiting in the clinic
15. Close up, baby waiting in the clinic
16. Close up, health worker counting pills
17. Wide shot, health worker counting pills
18. Wide shot, health workers weighing toddler
19. Medium shot, health workers weighing toddler
20. Close up, toddler being weighed
21. Wide shot, health workers measuring baby
22. Close up, baby sleeping
23. Medium shot, mother holding sleeping baby
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF:
“Well I had a good meeting with the prime minister and then with the acting foreign minister because the president was out of the country and I emphasized the importance of a safe space for children and women so that any turbulence that comes from a very political year does not affect them as we saw it affect them in 2008. And both the prime minister and other officials that I saw all said that they intended that to be the case.”
25. Medium shot, Mcronald, in class
26. Wide shot, Mcronald in class
27. SOUNDBITE (Shona) Mcronald Moyo, 12 year old boy:
“For me I wish for Zimbabwe to be a country which is happy.”
28. Wide shot, Anthony Lake in classroom as students sing
29. Close up, boy singing
30. Close up, girl singing

STORYLINE:

Patients, medical staff and supplies in clinics and hospitals.

Children, teachers, and textbooks in schools.

Evidence of efforts by UNICEF and partners to boost Zimbabwe’s social sectors, which just a few short years ago were nearing collapse.

12 year old Macronald Moyo knows the realities of the impact that more than a decade of socio-economic decline has had on his schooling.

SOUNDBITE (Shona) McRonald Moyo, 12 year old boy:
“In 2008, when we did not have textbooks, it was hard because children were sharing books and the pass rate was very low. But now the pass rate has gone up because we are now learning without sharing textbooks.”

Thanks to an education transition fund, Zimbabwean schools now boast a pupil to textbook ratio of one to one. A vast improvement from a time when, often, 10 children were forced to share one textbook.

During a visit to Zimbabwe recently, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake saw first hand the impact efforts like these are having on the lives of children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF:
“You can sit in New York and you read the statistics on textbooks, students, and everything. But it’s so great to see all these textbooks and all these students so engaged and learning about for example here environmental sciences, which is going to make such a big difference in their lives. And it’s a great reminder that not just every statistic, not just every child, but every textbook actually has such meaning for the future for some individuals. It’s really great.”

A new policy to remove service fees for mothers and children under-five will improve access to treatment for more people. The aim of these interventions is to bring down alarmingly high maternal and child mortality rates.

This year Zimbabweans go to the polls. First for a constitutional referendum and then for a presidential election. They are acutely aware of some of the major challenges which still lie ahead for the country, including improved access for the most vulnerable to schools and hospitals; the impact of HIV and AIDS; violence against women and children; malnutrition and unemployment.

As elections are always a time of uncertainty, putting the needs and safety of women and children first becomes paramount .

SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF:
“Well I had a good meeting with the prime minister and then with the acting foreign minister because the president was out of the country and I emphasized the importance of a safe space for children and women so that any turbulence that comes from a very political year does not affect them as we saw it affect them in 2008. And both the prime minister and other officials that I saw all said that they intended that to be the case.”

Mcronald dreams of becoming an engineer.

His good school marks and tenacity show that has the potential to be whatever he wants in life.

His wish is simple for his country.

SOUNDBITE (Shona) Mcronald Moyo, 12 year old boy:
“For me I wish for Zimbabwe to be a country which is happy.”
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