The Department for International Development (DFID) has spent 26 million pounds assisting 40 000 girls in the country to access secondary education in 995 schools since 2012.

This was revealed by the head of the DFID in Zimbabwe, Ms Annabel Gerry during the Scottish cricket team’s visit at Sojini Secondary School in Mbembesi.

The project which seeks to assist the girl child is ongoing until year 2020, and is being done in partnership with Camfed and UNICEF among other organisations.

The visit also sought to raise awareness on the facility to the girl child to cease the opportunity and advance their education.

Ms Gerry said the project mainly focuses on girls since they are usually disadvantaged due to cultural practices.

“For girls staying in school makes a good role model for other girls in the community and you can see once a girl child gets educated, she then has a family and it transforms many lives around her and it’s a brilliant thing to do for the community,” she said.unicef logo final.jpg

Captain of the Scottish cricket team Kyle Coetzer said the team is grateful to be helping students from disadvantaged families to access education.

“We’ve also given a cricket kit to the school and this is just one thing we can do as a team but we would love to do more,” he said.

Officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and some of the beneficiaries of the school fees programme all expressed gratitude to Camfed, UNICEF and DFID for making it possible for them to earn education.

The Scottish cricket team which also took time to play the game (cricket) with the students wanted to have an appreciation of the projects being done by DFID through UNICEF and later handed over a cricket kit to the school.