Zimbabwe National Student Union (ZINASU) was awarded the Student Peace Prize in 2003 for their struggle for student rights and democracy. Representing 350.000 students all over Zimbabwe, ZINASU promotes the student’s interests and views to the educational and political authorities. In addition to education, they are also especially concerned with human rights questions, poverty and AIDS as they link these additional challenges as important obstacles to overcome in order to improve the level of education among its citizens.
Zimbabwe had for a long time been known for having some of Africa’s best universities, but was after some time faced with an educational crisis. The regime in this non-democratic violent country sees student organizations as a dangerous opposition to themselves, and are therefore highly counteracted. Despite this, the student´s with ZINASU in front are still fighting for a better educational situation, a more democratic country and the freedom of speech, especially for students.