School management and leadership training
In 2018, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education conducted a baseline survey and training needs assessment in 1,080 primary and secondary schools from all 72 districts, constituting 10% of schools in Zimbabwe.
Part of the survey’s recommendations was the essential training of school heads, deputy heads, head teachers and school development committee members in education leadership and management for schools to provide quality education and more effective and efficient school management.
In early 2022, the school management and leadership training was implemented by UNICEF and the education ministry with funding from GPE, the Education Development Fund and the United Kingdom.
It aimed to equip school leaders with a holistic framework of managing schools for learning and focused on the latest education policies, human resource management, school and community engagement, learner welfare and disaster risk management.
UNICEF supported the ministry in the development, printing and distribution of 10,000 copies of school leadership handbooks for school heads and 6,670 handbooks for school development committees. The former serves as a reference point for teaching and learning processes, administration, finance and curriculum, while the latter focuses on roles and responsibilities of committees in school management.