An untapped story: A detour and deviation of Zimbabwean Schools towards girls’ education through long distances to school: a case of Binga district, ward 1.
Keywords:rural, Zimbabwe, Binga, girls, long distance, educational experience
The purpose of the study was to instigate on the challenges associated with long distance travelling to school among rural girls in Binga. Tyunga Secondary school under Binga district in Matabeleland North was used as the study area. The chief objective was to moot out the educational experiences and attainment among girls who travelled long distances to school in rural Binga. The study adopted qualitative research design in a bid to collect and information from the acquired participant sample. In regards to sampling technique purposive/ judgemental was deployed in getting key informants and convenience sampling in getting school girls respondents. 15 respondents were engaged in focus group discussion and in-depth interviews was used by the researcher to gather extra information from the girls and key informants. Informed consent, protection of participants’ privacy was engaged to cater for ethical issues. The District educational officer and District Administrator all consented by granting the researcher a written consent. Many issues has been articulated to have been the brain child of long distance to school among girls in rural Binga. . Effects of long distances has been said to bring high abseeintism, high dropout, sexual molestation, early marriages, low school participation. The research concluded that long distance to school is a major setback to girls’ attainment of proper education. The study recommended the government to lobby for help from different stakeholders to alleviate this divulging effect of long distance. Government should learn World Vision’s stance in bicycle provision to rural student who walked long distances to school.
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