…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.
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.
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 email@example.com or
through SmS/WhatsApp to +263 772 76107069/772610726. – Article produced by Plumtree