By Tafara Chikumira
Government has commissioned the first phase of Gwesela-Bhalimasvosve Primary School project in Zhombe in yet another devolution milestone.
Located some eight kilometres north of Jowel Business Centre, the school started as a community initiative in a church, but was later adopted by the local authority after the Second Republic availed devolution funds.
The first phase has seen construction of a classroom block, teachers’ quarters and a solar-powered water system.
“We are very happy that we have managed to reach this milestone. We started well, but we got affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now geared for phase two of the construction of this satellite School. This is still an ECD school where children learn up to Grade Three before they go to the main school for Grade Four.
“We have since received ZW$6 million from government over a very short period of time and we hope to finish this project by year end before we move to the next phase,” said Zibagwe Rural District Council CEO, Mr Farai Machaya.
The community is excited by developments taking place in their area.
“I want to make it very clear now to Honourable Minister that it was through hardwork that we managed to reach this milestone. Before the Second Republic, one would only see such schools in Zvimba where the First Republic hailed from. Today, the country is witnessing such development in each and every corner of this country. We want to thank you President for taking devolution to the people,” noted Chief Gwesela.
“Our children used to walk long distances to St Faith School. They would get to school already tired and would lose concentration. This hugely affected their performance. Now we are happy with this new development,” said a villager.
Speaking during the event, Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Larry Mavima emphasised government’s stance on leaving no one and no place behind under the National Development Strategy One.
“Every Zimbabwean child has a fundamental right to education and we are proud to say that our President has assured the people of Zimbabwe that starting next year, there will be free education. By implementing this project, Zibagwe RDC has therefore significantly contributed towards the achievement of Vision 2030. I therefore want to applaud the local authority for a job well done,” he said.
The first phase was completed at a total cost of ZW$5,8 million.
The Zibagwe Rural District Council has so far received ZW$53 million in devolution funds since 2019.