ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) Chairman Trevor Ncube yesterday donated books to Shake Primary School in Gwanda where he learnt over 40 years ago.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA STAFF REPORTER
AMH are the publishers of NewsDay, The Standard and the Zimbabwe Independent newspapers. Ncube, who was accompanied by his wife, Nyaradzo, handed over the consignment of books to the school authorities at a ceremony held at the institution.
Speaking during the function, Ncube said the idea of donating books to his former school came from his wife.
“I celebrated my 50th birthday this year in September,” he said.
“My friends usually give me birthday gifts. My wife said instead of friends giving me gifts, they should buy me books which I would then bring to you here. I am grateful to all my friends whose generosity has made this possible,” Ncube said.
Speaking at the event, Nyaradzo said reading opened the mind and books were important in shaping people’s lives.
“I have 1 000 books which can be used by children from grade one to seven. These books will help pupils for a very long time if you take good care of them,” she said.
“When I saw you (children) here, I said to myself this is the future of Shake and this is the future for Zimbabwe.
“We have teachers, scientists, nurses and doctors in you. When you are number last in class, that does not mean you will be number last in life. I know because I always got the worst grades in all my classes.”
The school head, Ephraim Dube, thanked Ncube for the gesture.
He said this was not the first time that Ncube was donating to the school as he gave the institution benches and desks six years ago.
“We are sure that with the books we have received, we will have good education and in future the children will take a cue from Ncube and help their former school,” said Dube.
The councillor for the area, Josiah Ncube, also thanked Ncube for the donation. He said it was good that he remembered the children who still need a brighter future in life.
“I remember some time when he made a donation he said teachers can either build or destroy the future of children,” said Ncube.
“I also say parents as well can do the same. If parents take care of the teachers, the teachers will deliver, but if the parents torment teachers, they will be discouraged from doing their work and that affects their children. Parents who want their children to succeed in life take care of teachers.”