The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), formerly Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, is a teacher organization founded in 2009 and launched officially in Harare on the 12th of March 2013. The launch of RTUZ set a tone for our fight forthe improvement of both working conditions of rural teachers and livelihoods of citizens living in rural areas. The idea to form a rural teachers union was mooted in 2009 when the government of Zimbabwe introduced an incentive scheme in which teachers were to get 10% of levy paid by pupils.
The incentive scheme benefited already privileged urban teachers. The rural teachers went on to meet in Gweru in August 2009 where we unanimously resolved that we had peculiar challenges that could best be represented by an autonomous, issues based specific union, meant to amplify our voice in pressing for our demands to government .
The Gweru meeting noted that the rural teacher is a growth point in rural communities and as such, the insurmountable contributions we make in strengthening development of our communities and the country at large should be recognized.
On 18 November 2016 Rural Teachers Union Zimbabwe (RTUZ) united with other rural teacher associations and formed the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and was duly registered with the Ministry of Labour and Public Service.
ARTUZ currently has a membership of 5534 members and 233 associate members countrywide. The Union operates and has structures in eight (8) administrative provinces of Zimbabwe (excluding Harare and Bulawayo metropolitans).
To unite teachers, education workers and educationists and to work towards bridging the gap between rural teachers and urban teachers, so as to inspire rural teachers to fully commit themselves to their work and stimulate growth and development in rural communities
The realisation of a motivated rural teacher peacefully, co-existing with the community.
To enhance the capacity of rural teachers so that they become advocates of rural development and agents of community empowerment.
- Research, Policy Analysis and Monitoring
- Training, Education and Leadership
- Communication and Networking
- Lobbying and Advocacy