Ne­m­ananga in Hwange needs sec­ondary school

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

ED­I­TOR — Ne­m­ananga ward in Jam­bezi, Hwange, needs a sec­ondary school.It is a shame that 36 years af­ter in­de­pen­dence our chil­dren are still walk­ing about 20 kilo­me­tres to the near­est school when we could eas­ily har­ness the limited re­sources avail­able and build ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres for our­selves.

Chil­dren from Mazhanga, Mu­sani, Ma­phu­cula, B.H 85. and B.H. 86 daily en­dure long dis­tances of be­tween 20km and 30km to the near­est sec­ondary schools risk­ing be­ing at­tacked by wild an­i­mals.

Mashake Sec­ondary School and Ne­jam­bezi Sec­ondary are very far for chil­dren. Imag­ine chil­dren, es­pe­cially the girl child, wak­ing up at 3AM walk­ing to school and com­ing back at 6PM ev­ery­day. This ex­plains why there is high fail­ure rate in our dis­trict if not in the en­tire province.

I sug­gest a sec­ondary school should be built at B.H 85, which is cen­tral for the en­tire Ne­m­ananga ward. As a par­ent I call upon lo­cal lead­ers to con­sider this is­sue se­ri­ously or our chil­dren will al­ways lag be­hind and never ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally.

Our mem­ber of par­lia­ment work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Gov­ern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties can suc­cess­fully build a school in this part of the dis­trict.

My sug­ges­tion is that we can start by lob­by­ing for an an­nex school to the al­ready es­tab­lished cen­tres like Mashake, Indlovu or Ne­Jam­bezi.

It is en­shrined in the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) to which Zim­babwe is a sig­na­tory that all coun­tries should strive to achieve great im­prove­ments in ed­u­ca­tion.

I was stunned when I found young school go­ing chil­dren loi­ter­ing in the Mazhanga area and upon in­quir­ing why they are out of school I was told that they dropped out be­cause of dis­tances to the near­est schools as some of them are or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble.

Please, do some­thing about this now. Vic­tor “The Bro­ken Gas­ket” Sibanda, Vic­to­ria Falls

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