Action Group mobilises resources for school construction
Emthonjeni Women’s Forum through the Women Promoting Constitutionalism Through Advocacy initiative trained 50 community women on constitutional advocacy and equipped them with the requisite skills to hold state actors to account for poor social service delivery. The training also sought to concientise the women on their constitutional rights, linking them with social services delivery so that they can demand accountability. At the training the women identified the right to education as an immediate social service delivery issue that needs to be addressed. A 10 member Action group was selected to mobilise community members, raise awareness on advocacy and the community advocacy campaign, as well as lead the community in the advocacy campaign. The action group members while they await engagement with the district development fund and district land officers to come and officially sight and peg the school have decided to start mobilizing resources towards constructing the school. The Action Group members have mobilized community members to mould bricks for building the classroom blocks. To date 3000 bricks have been moulded.
The Head of the school Mr Dlamini has indicated that the effort that is being made by women is a step in the right direction; it will go a long way in ensuring that children access education. He stated that the process towards officially sighting the school is long overdue and maybe the amplified voices of women will speed it up. Speaking during the Social AccountabilityFforum Preplanning meeting held with the Action Group at the school, Mr Dlamini said “ The already started brick moulding will show the DDF and Lands personnel the need for immediate pegging”