By Martin Muleya.
MUTARE, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) – An educated community can support and sustain itself, goes an old saying and this proverb seem to be bearing fruits for Mutare’s oldest high density suburb, Sakubva.
In trying to inculcate the spirit of giving and giving back to the community that nurtured them, members of the Rebuild Sakubva extended their hand of giving to Chisamba Primary school by donating 250 chairs with a value of $ 2 500.
This is not the first time that RESA has embarked on a mission to plough back to the Sakubva community. a community that has over the past years made news for the wrong reasons with vices like hooliganism, prostitution, high school drop outs cases, thieving among other social vices taking centre stage.
Rebuild Sakubva Executive director Lucia Nkomo in an interview yesterday, implored Zimbabweans especially those from Mutare to join hands and support raising the standards of education in a community that has become a haven for criminal activities.
“As RESA we should support education in our community. by making this donation of 250 chairs to Chisamba Primary School, we want to teach the young generation the basics of giving and giving back to the community that nurtured them. We chose to extend this donation to Chisamba Primary School after realising that some of the pupils at the school especially those in ECD (Early Childhood Development) did not have chairs to sit on and were squatting on the floor while learning. This was a very bad sitting posture that results in poor attention on the part of the child and more often than not leading to bad handwriting as well as producing bad results at Grade Seven,” said Nkomo.
She noted that in a nation fraught with unemployment rate at 80 percent, with most residents in Sakubva surviving on hand-to-mouth, it was imperative to lessen the burden of making sure that pupils get quality education by playing their social responsibility role by availing chairs and leaving the duty of paying Tuition fees to the parents only.
“Our donation lessens the burden on parents, local authorities and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education itself, as we have also played our social responsibility role. All what the parents are left to do is to pay tuition fees for their children, as we have donated chairs that will guarantee every child at the school is learning while seated comfortably and not squatting as was the case before. The money we used to purchase the chairs did not come from foreign donors but rather came from former students who learnt at Chisamba school. As an organisation we are encouraging other former students at schools dotted in Sakubva to cultivate the spirit of giving back to the community that raised them,” added Nkomo.
In accepting the donation of the 250 chairs Chisamba Primary School Headmistress Eugenia Mudede was full of praises for RESA. She expressed gratitude and highlighted that the donation came at a moment when most ECD pupils were sharing a single bench while others would literary learn while sitting on the floor.
“This donation of chairs for our pupils will definitely make a difference and give a new complexion to the school’s endeavour of making sure that every child is a beneficiary of quality education. Most of our infants prior to this donation were sharing a single bench while other would actually sit on the floor. We tried in 2013 to avert this situation by purchasing 100 plastic chairs but still they were not adequate to cater for those who are on the afternoon session. We pray to acquire new furniture and single desks withy chairs to cater for our Grade seven pupils especially during examinations time,” she said.
Apart from the problems of chairs, the school at present has nineteen classrooms but to effectively and efficiently operate at its full capacity, the school needs fifteen more classroom blocks.
Built in 1970 by the Rhodesian government, Chisamba Primary School has an enrolment of 1 500 pupils with its catchment area stretching from Sakubva, Chikanga Phase 2-3 and partly Hobhouse.
The school has nine grades as required by the statutes in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, with a resource unit that caters for the mentally challenged pupils currently with an enrolment of 10 pupils and 20 pupils in the special class unit.
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