Shot in the arm for Uzumba schools

Students play outside Mashambanhaka Secondary School in Murewa, Zimbabwe. The school recently celebrated the construction of two classroom blocks by Community United Methodist Church in Crofton, Md. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah

TWO under-resourced schools in Uzumba district, Mashonaland East province, received a shot in the arm when a local electrical engineering company, Power Giants, donated a transformer and pledged to buy office furniture and laptops for learners and teachers.

Morris Primary and Morris Secondary schools in Uzumba’s ward 14 have over the years failed to attract qualified teachers because of poor infrastructure.

Power Giants donated a transformer to help connect electricity to the two schools, surrounding villages, as well as a nearby shopping centre.

“We received communication that these two schools were struggling to retain qualified teachers and their results have been very poor,” Power Giants chief executive Edzai Kachirekwa said.

“We have donated a transformer to the schools and very soon, we will give them the cables before they are connected on the national grid. We believe this donation will go a long way in improving the performance of the learners.”

Kachirekwa said apart from helping the schools to access electrified, his company would donate laptops and furniture to the schools.

“We will donate a total of 16 laptops to the two schools to boost their information and communication technology learning. We will also donate furniture, and we will make sure that when power is switched off, they have some back-up in the form a solar-powered system,” he said.

Uzumba ward 14 councillor Fagio Marowa said the donation would help the schools to attract qualified teachers and improve the performance of learners.

“This donation will motivate our children to stay in school and encourage learning. At the same time teachers will not shun the schools because there is electricity,” Marowa said.

“Gone are the days when teachers would go to the shops to charge their mobile phone gadgets or request for permission from shop owners to put their perishables in refrigerators.”

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