By ZBC Reporter
Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga has called for unity of purpose towards the development of education infrastructure, particularly in rural communities.
The availability of adequate education facilities is crucial in the development and sustenance of rural communities.
This was said by Vice President, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga when he visited Chitemamuswe primary in Muzarabani, a model school which is currently under construction.
“This project should have been completed but has been stalled by COVID-19. I want to thank partners who heard a clarion call by the late Minister Perrance Shiri and came to assist. We must work together to transform Muzarabani community.
“This school is just a model school but there are people who want to build a school and name it Perrance Shiri. He was a leader in this area and it’s befitting that we do so in remembrance of him. We came to see the works here and partners have volunteered to build houses for teachers. We are going to install electricity for children to be able to study at night but the most important thing is for us to unite and work together.
“All the underdeveloped areas such as Muzarabani North must not continue like this. The road network from Muzarabani to Kanyemba, we will make sure that work commences soon. The dam which you have requested for irrigation will be constructed, that is why we have come with irrigation experts.”
Mashonaland Central Provincial Education Director, Mrs Naome Chikosha highlighted the learning challenges being faced by the community.
“The classrooms that learners are using are very small and there are no benches. So when we got the news of a model school to be constructed we then suggested this school because conditions are pathetic. We are happy with the Vice President’s visit because we know the school is going to be completed.”
Several partners have expressed interest in the completion of the project.
“We saw pupils were disadvantaged because they were walking long distances to school and the classrooms are not in good condition. The late Minister Perrance Shiri and the Vice President’s passion to transform marginalised education facilities inspired us to partner them to transform learning facilities.”
Villagers in Muzarabani say the initiative will go a long way in the provision of decent learning.
“Schools in rural areas are faced with many challenges that have negatively affected learners’ performance.”
Meanwhile, several schools and clinics in Mhangura constituency will be constructed or refurbished following the acquisition of building material through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Mhangura is a predominantly farming community, where education infrastructure development was not a priority for the former white commercial farmers.
However, the land reform programme has made infrastructure development imperative, with Mhangura legislator, Honourable Precious Masango sourcing 30 tonnes of cement using the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Beneficiary schools’ representatives hailed the move.
“This is the first time a sitting MP in our area has done this. We are in the farming community where former commercial farmers never prioritised the development of schools infrastructure.”
The legislator, Cde Masango and a local councillor, Alderman Scholarstica Matigi said Mhangura has a serious infrastructure deficit.
“I have been to several schools around the constituency, and I realised most of them need a facelift. In choosing the institutions that benefitted, I considered the deplorable state at some of them and I did so in liaison with the Constituency Development Fund Committee.
The infrastructure development programme comes as the government has called for proper use of CDF and devolution funds for development at the grassroots levels.