Pupil (15) mobilising reading material for disadvantaged peers

By ZBC Reporter
WITH the Covid-19 pandemic having disrupted the 2020 school calendar, a 15-year-old O’ Level student has taken it upon herself to ensure children from disadvantaged families have access to reading material during the lockdown period.
Inspired by a video on Instagram where school children from rural Rusape were asking for Ordinary Level notes following the abrupt closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 15-year-old Dominican convent Form Four student Chikomborero Mapaya is mobilising resources to give a helping hand.
She aims to collect as much reading material as possible for those who have no access to virtual learning.
“The video touched me, these children were not asking for much they just wanted notes, not even textbooks,” said young Mapaya.
“Some of us have access to E-learning but not everyone especially those in rural areas so I would really want to assist them by collecting as many books as possible that’s why I have launched the ‘We All Can Assist Campaign,’ for we all need to keep studying as there is life after the pandemic, we have brothers and sisters out there who need our assistance,”
Coming from a disadvantaged background himself, Chikomborero’s father Mr Takawira Mapaya is proud of his daughter.
“ I was actually helped by a catholic priest who paid for my A level up to university level so when Chiko told me her plans I was really impressed because I can relate with those kids,” said the proud father.
It is a task which looks insurmountable especially for a 15-year-old but so far the response has been encouraging.