Gwanda schools face wa­ter cri­sis

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

A HEALTH haz­ard is loom­ing at 20 Gwanda ru­ral schools as bore­holes and other sources of wa­ter near them have dried up leav­ing teach­ers and pupils re­ly­ing on un­safe wa­ter sources.

Pupils are now be­ing asked to bring their own wa­ter to school for use, amid fears that if the sit­u­a­tion de­te­ri­o­rates, schools would be forced to close.

This was re­vealed by the Gwanda District Schools In­spec­tor, Mr Ab­sai Ru­panga, at a Gwanda Ru­ral District De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing held at Gwanda Ru­ral District Coun­cil.

Mr Ru­panga said out of 20 schools, Nsimbi, Dwala, Nkazhe and Bethel Pri­mary Schools were the most af­fected.

“We fear for the health of these chil­dren be­cause as it is they drink wa­ter that they would have brought. We don’t know how clean it is and where it would have been taken. Some of these schools like Stan­more are now us­ing Jojo tanks to draw wa­ter from a far away river source.

“Nsimbi School had no wa­ter com­pletely and last year we had to re­quest from the RDC to as­sist us at least with a wa­ter bowser where these chil­dren can get wa­ter,” Mr Ru­panga said.

“We un­der­stand that wa­ter is the most cru­cial fac­tor in peo­ple’s lives so if it’s not avail­able then it will mean that there will be no teach­ers be­cause no teacher will want to teach where there is no wa­ter. Dwala and Driehook are newly set­tled ar­eas with new schools. Their only source of wa­ter is a dam which is about five kilo­me­tres away. Both schools have bore­holes but they are dry­ing up so life be­comes dif­fi­cult for them.”

He said they have ap­pealed to the RDC for sup­port to bring wa­ter closer to these schools.

“We re­quested them to ap­peal to other part­ners or even Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tions who can as­sist us be­cause schools can’t op­er­ate like this. If a so­lu­tion is not found early there will be need for these schools to be closed,” Mr Ru­panga said.

Some of the af­fected school are Swit­sha, Garanyemba, Sibula, Con­nemara, Si­bona, Sizeze, Mawanke, Zhokwe, Shake, Lushon­kwe, Ma­pane, Sibula, Nyan­deni and Sengezane. — @richardmuponde

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