BY NHAU MANGIRAZI
OK Zimbabwe Limited in partnership with Friends of the Environment (FOTE) recently donated information communication technology (ICT) equipment that include eight laptops, two printers and installed WiFi at Katenhe Secondary School on the rural outskirts of Hurungwe.
Speaking at a reforestation function at Katenhe recently, OK Zimbabwe chief executive Alex Siyavora said the retailer was working closely with communities, with the reforestation drive as part of its outreach programmes.
“We are here and enjoying the atmosphere as OK Zimbabwe. We are pleased that we are on a good thing by working closely with communities, especially from Hurungwe, as we have been doing throughout the country. At OK Zimbabwe, we have chosen to be responsible as a corporate citizen. Reforestation drive is one of the most important aspects of our community outreach programme,” he said.
“Our harsh tag is #OKZiminthecommunity that underscores our philosophy in that area. We are, therefore, proud to be sponsors of tree nursery at Katenhe Secondary School as it is an initiative we believe in because we believe in greening Zimbabwe for the good of Zimbabweans.”
Siyavora said they were working closely with other stakeholders, including FOTE, and Nyaradzo Group.
“As part of corporate social responsibility, OK Zimbabwe is handing computers, four from us and the remaining four from FOTE as well as two printers, one from each partner, as part of our commitment to help communities through-out the country. ICT is now part of world for all learners so we want Hurungwe learners at Katenhe to be abreast with part of evolution on the technological side,” he said.
Katenhe Secondary headmaster Gilbert Dzveta said the donation would benefit both the community and the school.
Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka challenged the community to monitor the project for sustainable development.
“I am challenging everyone here to be responsible over the ICT equipment donated here. Maintain good working relationship between teachers, learners and parents as you have been doing of late,” she said.
“Personally, I will be monitoring how it will be going on as I will be looking forward to informative reports on progress of the whole project as this is a stepping stone for sustainable development in a digital age.”
Hurungwe district education director Mildred Ndoro said the donation would help keep learners abreast with new technologies.
“We are happy to have ICT equipment donated at the school as it will help the learners and district at large. For Katenhe community, this was a well-timed blessing after the school was picked out of 101 schools throughout the district. Hurungwe has 275 schools, with 101 secondary schools and 174 primary schools,” she said.