Nakamba pays school fees for 1 000 pupils

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BY FORTUNE MBELE

WARRIORS and Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has continued to fulfil his pledge to pay school fees for 1 000 underprivileged students across the country.

This is the second time that the Marvelous Nakamba Foundation is extending this gesture, having assisted the same number of students last
year.

The Aston Villa star said: “We hope this gesture will go a long way in helping, not only the students that benefited, but also come as a relief to parents or guardians who have been struggling to raise school fees. This sits well with us, as the saying goes, ‘it takes a nation to raise a child’.

“In the same breath, we are glad that a majority of the student beneficiaries for the 2020 school fees (programme) did extremely well and we hope that the 2021 first term students will excel in their studies. For now, we have gone to as far as 1 000 students, but we desire to go for more when funds permit.”

The foundation’s board of trustees’ secretary Brian Moyo said most of the beneficiaries came from Nakamba’s former schools.

The schools include Dinde in Hwange, Helemu and Nkulumane primary schools as well as Njube High School in Bulawayo.

“This is his small way of giving back to his community,” he said.

Moyo said other students that benefited were from schools in Harare, Midlands and Matabeleland North provinces.

“The thrust, in the long run, is to reach out to the whole country and the foundation appeals for partnerships so that an extra young needy kid may also benefit,” he said.

The foundation said: “This has been a long-standing aim of the foundation to ensure that we aid students and offer them a chance to their right to education. The opening of schools after a long layoff due to COVID-19 comes as a welcome development as we continue to champion education.

“This is a follow-up to 2020 where we paid school fees in our inaugural year as a foundation. A thousand students have been selected across the country, working closely with school heads and teachers. Most of the students were drawn from schools in underprivileged communities around the country.”

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