Japanese embassy commissions new classroom blocks in Chirumanzu
By Tafara Chikumira
THE government’s engagement and re-engagement efforts continue to bear positive results after the Japanese Embassy partnered with the Chirumanzu community to construct a new secondary school in resettlement areas in the district.
The two new classroom blocks at Tokwe 4 Secondary School, which were commissioned this Thursday, were built in a record three months and will complement the existing classroom block which received a major face-lift to match modern standards.
The school was also installed with a solar-powered water system and the community was handy in providing labor and bricks, while the Japanese Embassy, through the Local Initiatives and Development Agency (LID), provided the necessary financial resources to the tune of US$90 000.
“Education is the pillar of any development. This resettlement is in the middle of some farms and most people were shunning education. I am happy that this milestone will mean that my subjects will start valuing education and as such we will make informed decisions in developing this area,” said Chief Chirumanzu.
“We used to face great challenges in this area as children had to walk to Nhema to access secondary educational facilities. We are a relieved lot following this intervention. The distances were long and the results were not impressive at all.
“The development which happened here is quite commendable. Our children would face all sorts of problems in traveling to school. Some would even be raped as they have to cross several bushy areas and rivers. Some would indulge in early marriages as they faced a bleak future. This is indeed a life-changing experience.
“We are very happy about the development happening in our area. It’s refreshing to note that we can now easily fetch water without the hassle on top of our children accessing schools at their doorsteps. It’s a great milestone for people from this area,” said residents.
The Japanese Embassy and its development agency have vowed to continue strengthening the mutual relationship existing between Tokyo and Harare.
“I am very excited by the cordial relations we have with the people of Zimbabwe. We renewed this only last week when Tokyo reaffirmed her position to assist the African continent in various development areas including education and health. I hope the COVID-19 will continue to go down so that more Japanese people can visit this beautiful country,” said Ambassador Satoshi Tanaka, the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe.
“We are very happy that we are playing our part in the development of our country. We are saying we will be on the ground to ensure that we build the teacher’s quarters and electrification this school. We are here to complement the President’s vision that brick by brick, the country is built by its people,” said Pascal Manyangaidze, LID Executive Director.
The government will continue to engage its allies on critical development matters as the country seeks to attain an upper-middle-income society by 2030.
“This development is taking place in the backdrop of a robust engagement and re-engagement drive launched by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr E.D Mnangagwa.
“The deliberate move to re-reintegrate Zimbabwe into the global village has yielded massive social and economic benefits one of which we are all here to witness today.”
Established in 2004 as a satellite School operating at the nearby Mwire Primary School, Tokwe 4 Secondary School moved to establish a new classroom block in 2019 with most students learning under the tree.
The establishment of the new classroom blocks is set to change the face of the new school which now boasts an enrollment of 150 students.