Covid 19 aftermath: The brewing crisis for girl child.

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By Taruberekera Masara

Kwekwe based  organization Youth Integrated Action on Development and Democracy Zimbabwe forecasts that the economic meltdown as a result of the Covid lockdown will have crashing effects on the girl child.

According to Pamela Ngozo director of YIADDZ the Covid 19 has subdued socio-economic situation in the country.

She said that vulnerable demographs of the population  are on the receiving end of the crisis.

“This crisis will fall hard on vulnerable people, the girl child,elderly and people living with disabilities”

” The disaster came at a time when we were fighting hard to reduce school dropouts by girls in the Midlands province”,

“We are particularly concerned because when families struggle to meet basic needs, education becomes secondary and given last priority, even in cases where they prioritize, girls are often sacrificed and discontinued from schooling”she said.

Ngozo said United Nations Development Programme reports must inform programming by the government to ease the challenges that will come as a result of a slow economy.

” It is important for the government to roll out plans to respond to the urgency of vulnerable people particularly the girl child”,

” Emphasis must be on education and sexual reproductive health needs” she added.

UNDP reported that many African economies will shrink by remarkable percentages with a possible loss of half of the jobs across the continent.

According to the statistics from Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee close 35% of the 3,4 million school going kids are food insecure needing assistance.

ZimVAC also highlighted that 1.2million school children are facing challenges in accessing that without interventions from the government and non government actors most of them dropout of school before completing primary school.