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Teachers attend a Train the Trainers Workshop on Workers' rights ,Harare



ZIMTA has successfully held a two day Training of Trainers’ Workshop in Harare which culminated in the launch of a Workers’ Rights Handbook, and a Trainers’ Guide Manual. The two instruments shall be used by teachers to   defend and   advance   the workers’ rights and interests.
 The tools launched at the workshop shall be used for   creating   awareness and consciousness, imparting and increasing knowledge and also for advocating for advancing a rights culture as outlined in the Teachers’ Advancing a Rights Culture (TARC) project.
Teachers  discuss the merits of have a Trainers' guide in  small groups  during the workshop
Speaking after the launch of the training Manual and Handbook, the Editor of the two Handbooks, Mr. Timothy Kondo, said he was confident that the contents of the handbooks would bring a lot of enlightenment, awareness, consciousness and knowledge to teachers whose majority are  in desperate need to defend their space at the workplace. 
 Workers representatives from the  various  ZIMTA  structures, and  American Federation of Teachers  Union (AFT)  attended the workshop  which was held under the ZIMTA/American Federation of Teachers/Education International  joint partnership , called Teachers Advancing  a Rights Culture (TARC) project.
The objectives of the workshop were presented as, to enhance awareness, consciousness and knowledge on trade Union rights among teachers. Secondly the there was a vital need to increase teachers’ capacity to articulate issues that pertain to their work environment. The third issue was the need to promote integration of gender equality and equity issues in the workplace, trade union organization and society. 
Imparting knowledge of national labour laws that govern the lab our relations in both public and private sectors in Zimbabwe was identified as one of the objectives. Finally, there was need to raise awareness on the provision of international labour standards with the view to standardizing working conditions in Zimbabwe.
Workshop participants were taken through the origins of trade union organizations and why they existed. The participants also learnt about the evolution of labour law reforms in Zimbabwe, international labour standards, gender relations and most importantly, the participants were taken through the grievance and dispute settlement procedures in the public service.
Different teacher representative groups represented during the workshop
“Indeed, we would want all ZIMTA members to benefit from this training, and that is our ultimate goal,  but participants to the Trainers Workshop, comprised of workers leadership from provincial and district levels  and in the  next phase of training,  we    shall be targeted at district levels in order to ensure attendance by more participants,” said the ZIMTA President, Mr. Richard Gundane in an interview.
Workers representatives from, ZIMTA  structures within the ten provinces, the  American Federation of Teachers  (AFT)  and Educational International attended the workshop  which is being run  under the ZIMTA/American Federation of Teachers/Education International  joint partnership , called Teachers Advancing  a Rights Culture (TARC) project.




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