By Courage Bushe
FIFTEEN underprivileged students from Chomunyaka Primary School in Mberengwa South have benefitted from a ZWL1.6 million bursary programme availed by the POLAD Community Outreach Programme, as part of its goals to improve livelihoods.
The Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), through its National Outreach Community Programme donated more than 100 hundred bags of cement, building material and personal protective clothing for learners at Chomunyaka Primary School in Mberengwa South, at the launch of their annual bursary programme this Tuesday.
POLAD National Community Outreach Programme Chairperson Lucia Matibenga said their national Outreach programme is a giant step towards nation building.
“Today we are at Chomunyaka Primary School where we are doing an assessment on the state of infrastructure and welfare of students especially in remote areas, hence we have come with some donations here,” she said.
Chomunyaka Primary School Deputy Head Mrs Petty Zijena noted that the donation came at the right time when they were faced with a myriad of challenges.
“We have been facing challenges here, our infrastructure is in a sorry state, we have students who have been struggling to pay fees but through POLAD it will be a thing of the past,” noted Zijena.
Parents who attended the occasion commended POLAD’s gesture, noting that it will help in improving the standards of learning in rural areas.
“We want to thank POLAD for this great initiative because it will give our school a better look and improve the standards of learning. This is a great initiative that if other stakeholders follow suit we will have a great nation,” said a parent.
The bursary programme is set to be rolled out in other provinces.