Education in Zimbabwe: A Matter of Success?

  • Anders Närman
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


At the time of independence most African countries, including Zimbabwe, came out of a period plagued by serious colonial neglect in the provision of social service facilities. So, for example, in the case of formal schooling, factors such as racial segregation, low enrolment rates and quality problems were common. Consequently, in drawing up the guidelines for an educational policy, the quantitative expansion of education for integration of the majority of the population, was a main priority for Zimbabwe, just as it was for most other new African governments. Popular demand for increased access to education for all was followed by a strong community commitment to the building of schools, teacher accommodation, and so on. Donors were generally in favour of contributing towards the educational sector. Education was a key instrument for achieving development and thereby building the newly independent African nations.


Primary Education Extension Service Rural School Tertiary Sector Educational Expansion 
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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Närman
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  1. 1.Department of Human and Economic GeographyGöteborg UniversitySweden

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