28 January 2021.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ in collaboration with Zimbabwe National Students Union, ZINASU and people’s movements People Power and the Poverty Liberation Movement, PLM has declared 29 January as day of action for education. Citizens across the world will be joining hands under the #SaveOurEducationZW campaign demanding solutions to the deep rooted education crisis. *How to Protest?* Citizens are urged to participate in a two fold protest, one fold is the “ Education Relay Protest” and the second fold “ Education Service Protest.” *Education Relay Protest* This is an online protest under which an individual raises a clear demand on education through either a placard or just a typed message. The individual protestor relays the message to 10 more citizens who are tagged and invited to help amplify the message to get attention from duty bearers. Messages are directed to the President of Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Each of the 10 protestors who were tagged is expected to relay the message to 10 more protestors. We have to sustain the chain until we get a response from duty bearers. *Education Service Protest.* Under the education service protest citizens are expected to provide education services in an area of expertise. The rationale of the protest is that in the absence of tangible government support of education we can still work together as citizens and share information. Duty bearers want to keep the population ignorant so that the people can be easily manipulated. We reject ignorance and we should strive to educate each other. The education content should include formal curriculum content for learners, homeschooling mentoring for parents, civic education to other citizens and more particularly awareness on COVID19. We call upon the citizens of Zimbabwe to join the #SaveOurEducationZW campaign tomorrow 29 January 2021. We demand the implementation of our proposed ADAPT education blue print to save education from collapse. Join the protest and send a message to duty bearers. ARTUZ INFORMATION DEPARTMENT: +263 775438618/776129336/775643192 Twitter: @ARTUZ_teachers Facebook: Rural Teachers Union in Zimbabwe Website: www.ruralteachers.co.zw