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This below the belt kind of thinking! Stinks to high heaven!

05 Dec 2016 at 20:19hrs | Views
When we say our thinking and our ways of life has not changed to better ourselves and our communities this is one classical example.  It is just sad and backward to say a girl-child does not deserve equal education as the boy-child. Nine form six pupils are sent to USA under STEM program to advance their careers in the USA. Curiously Masocha (a commenter of BYO24 on the article) notices the gender disparities in the number of pupils sent for the very privileged program and very useful for the development of Science and Technology in the country. Eight boys and one girl, this is just below the belt. ONE GIRL is sent together with 90% of the male folk under the Professor's STEM program a father of girls. Uyise ka Ntombizodwa!

 It is these very funds that the Professor stole from the government some of which to boost his STEM programs. The Professor stole money to improve education of our disadvantaged children. He as Professor, an academic himself, knows the importance of sound education ever to achieve one's goals and ignite potential. When we read about Jonathan Moyo's scandals regarding corruption, we had mixed feelings, how do we give our comments, without selling our inner satisfaction about his open efforts to improve education in younger people in our midst. Jonathan Moyo stole money from the Engel Gabriel-Robert to better the lives of Jack and Jill. The lives of Benny and Betty when they grow up, will improve many societies because of STEM programs, a big investment for the nation in hindsight. Ends justified the means!

Curiously still its Professor Moyo's program STEM he pioneered very well. We are all in awe and wonder about this most challenging and exciting program. We welcomed this, we thought it encouraged both young genders to participate equally; equal opportunities for all boys and girls, its Seka Ntombizodwa's brain child STEM program. But how is he failing his brain-child STEM if he thinks sending eight boys and one girl for an enhanced and intensive study of science subjects is justified? It is whole Minister and Professor Moyo: Seka Ntombizodwa who has five daughters at home who is supposed to be gender sensitive himself first before Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi could make those wreck less comments about our girl-children.  Here are the comments about the article taken from Bulawayo24.com 3rd December 2016.

Masocha comments:
Just one girl? Mmmmm this is sad!
SekaQinisela wase Nkayi replies Masocha 
Yes one is enough because most go there and become prostitutes or drunkards and chain smokers jumping from one man to the other instead of pursuing their education resulting in unplanned pregnancy or children who will grow up without knowing their father we have enough of them and we will not add more so one girl is fine there's too much freedom there and our girls start to behave inhumane worse than dogs


To say that a girl-child does not deserve STEM program is a backward mindset that must be challenged with all the scorn it deserves. We are in the second Millennium, Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi. Our societies especially in our areas of Mathebeleland have been marginalized not only because of Zanu PF system of marginalization; giving us third class treatment, but because there is a big number of the moulds of Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi who are an impediment to civilisation, just impervious to education on girls. Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi thinks it is a waste of time to educate the girl child.  

Both Seka Ntombizodwa (Professor Moyo) and Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi have no knowledge of the sustainable development goals SDG that put a lot of emphasis on girl-children because sustainable developments can be achieved only when we invest our good education on girl-children. It is commonly known African saying  that: to educate one boy is to educate one person but to educate one girl-child you will have educated the whole village, the entire nation. The whole Professor should know the aims of SDG of 2016 and MDG of 2000 and their emphasis on women and girl-children. With his academic titles he has managed to get in his life time and a father of girls, Professor Moyo should do more for the girl-children in Zimbabwe.


Gender insensitive selection of STEM students for USA enhancement program! Eight boys and one girl! My foot!


 To deprive a girl-child of good education is also a violation of the rights of women. Education is a right to both girls and boys. Good education is a right to both genders Professor Moyo. According to the Nobel Prize Winner Malal Yousafzi:  there are several reasons why girl-children should get the same equal opportunities in education: she says:
In educating a girl, guarantees that the future generations will also get education. A child of an educated woman is less likely to die before the first birthday. An educated woman with greater knowledge of care is less likely to have many children also less likely to die at child birth. It also leads to more female health care providers to assist with prenatal medical care and delivery complications and emergencies and follow-up care.
 
Education in girl-children means that they will get married later and are better able to bear and care for their children. Child marriages happen to girl-children who are illiterate and obviously have no adequate tools to build healthy educated families. Literate women have an average of 2, 5 children whereas illiterate women have to about six to ten children according to UNESCO.

Educated women do take part in politics and are part of any meaningful development processes that improve the lives of women generally. Sexual violence is rare in educated families and women are less likely to be victims of gender violence. If there was indeed domestic violence an educated woman will not tolerate violence in her marriage.

An educated woman has a greater chance of escaping poverty altogether and she will lead a much healthier productive life, raising the standards of living of families, communities and the nation equally. This is just the summary of Ms. Malala's reasons why girl-children should be wholly supported to get good education.  She says for every boy-child that is educated, equally a girl-child should get educated too because a boy and a girl should be equal at entry point; school education!

There are numerous other reasons according to NICEF, why we should support good education for girls. Experience in many countries shows that:
 
Quote from UNICEF "Parental and community involvement -- Families and communities must be important partners with schools in developing curriculum and managing children's education."

"Low-cost and flexible timetables -- Basic education should be free or cost very little. Where possible, there should be stipends and scholarships to compensate families for the loss of girls' household labour. Also, school hours should be flexible so children can help at home and still attend classes."

"Schools close to home, with women teachers -- Many parents worry about girls travelling long distances on their own. Many parents also prefer to have daughters taught by women."
"Preparation for school -- Girls do best when they receive early childhood care, which enhances their self-esteem and prepares them for school."

"Relevant curricula -- Learning materials should be relevant to the girl's background and be in the local language. They should also avoid reproducing gender stereotypes." -  UNICEF findings.

I am sure u Seka Ntombizodwa (Professor Moyo) knows these Sustainable Development Goals well. This article could assist in refreshing his memory about girls and their plight for gender-equality in all aspects our lives even those scholarships to USA must be sensitively distributed in terms of gender. STEM program is relevant to girl-children too Seka Ntombizozwa. In retrospect, this knowledge will assist Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi more that Seka Ntombizodwa because his comments makes me think he is living in the past.

An educated woman does not become a prostitute when she gets those high fly academic qualifications. Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi must be insulting the girl-child. You are born of a woman Seka Qinisela wase Nkayi, and you are to respect her and treat her as your equal, your mother, wife your sister even your daughter. We missed development in our societies because you think a girl-child does not deserve to have it, in retrospect she is equal to all other men.


Source - Nomazulu Thata
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