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Mangwe villagers ‘renovate’ grass-thatched school

…as pupils endure tough learning conditions.

By Divine Dube

PLUMTREE – Villagers from Ward 11, Mangwe district, have started constructing classroom blocks at Water-shed primary school – a ‘temporary school’ located at Prescott plot, along Plumtree high way. The school was built by villagers thirteen years ago using mud and grass to cater for children living around the Prescott community – who could not walk long distances to near-by schools.

However, the school – which has turned into a ‘permanent’ structure, has remained the same more than a decade since it was constructed. Both the Ministry of Education and the local authority – Mangwe Rural District Council have not shown efforts of constructing proper structures at the site.

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The mud and grass classroom where children learn at Watershed: (Picture by Mdunyiswa Zikhali,our citizen journalist)

Despite its condition, the school is the only source of knowledge for children living in this community. Marula Primary School and other schools in Plumtree town are too far to be accessible to toddlers between 4 -13 years.

Currently, the school comprises four mud and grass classrooms, four teachers and caters for grades zero to seven.

During winter and the rain reason, children endure bad weather conditions, forcing some of the toddlers to play truancy or abandon school. Recently, a storm struck the school and left the traditional structures dilapidated. This has prompted villagers to mobilise community resources to change the traditional classrooms into modern structures.

Each household is contributing funds, whose figures we cannot disclose for security reasons, towards the construction of the first classroom block as a pilot project. The construction is under way and villagers are volunteering their time and personal resources to complete the first building by end of year.

Modern class room block currently under construction at the site (Picture by Zikhali)
Modern class room block currently under construction at the site (Picture by Zikhali)

The enduring villagers have appealed for assistance in cash or kind – for the construction of more classrooms set to improve learning conditions, scale up enrolment and improve the generally low pass rate at the school. Plumtree Development Trust, a local community based organisation whose objective is to facilitate people centred development, is currently mobilizing resources on behalf of the community.

Well-wishers can get in touch with the organisation on email or

through SmS/WhatsApp to +263 772 76107069/772610726. – Article produced by Plumtree

Development Trust.

About getjenge

Getjenge Community News is a citizen media project supported by Plumtree Development Trust (PDT), a Community Based Organisation whose primary focus is to create spaces for citizens to dialogue on local relevant issues through access to development information. PDT has forty trained community reporters in Mangwe, Bulilima and Plumtree and these are key persons that provide local stories that are shall be shared on this site.

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