IT firm donates pho­to­copiers to pri­mary schools

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

A LO­CAL in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany has do­nated 10 pho­to­copiers worth over $20 000 to dif­fer­ent pri­mary schools coun­try­wide in a part­ner­ship deal with learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions ahead of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

The firm, Kon­ica Mi­nolta, sup­plies pho­to­copiers, print­ers and other sta­tion­ary to schools and has branches in Harare, Bu­l­awayo, Gweru and Masvingo.

The com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Lawrence Chisango last week pre­sented the pho­to­copy­ing ma­chines at a Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph) meet­ing in Vic­to­ria Falls.

He said the idea was to con­trib­ute to­wards im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum set to start in Jan­uary 2017.

“We are com­ing into the pic­ture at the right time to chal­lenge those who have been short­chang­ing schools. We want to con­trib­ute to­wards the new ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum and en­sure that schools can print and copy their learn­ing ma­te­ri­als with­out any hus­tles,” he said.

Mr Chisango, who works with his wife, Lil­ian, who is the com­pany’s prod­uct sup­port man­ager, said they will be tar­get­ing schools events to iden­tify schools to work with.

“This is our first time to work with Naph although we have made sim­i­lar ges­tures with sec­ondary schools. We have a strong cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity as we want to de­velop our schools. We have been to Manama and Matopo High Schools in Mata­bele­land South,” he said.

A school from each of the 10 prov­inces has re­ceived a pho­to­copy­ing ma­chine, with Bu­l­awayo get­ting two after Man­i­ca­land Province lost out after head­mas­ters from the province bunked the con­fer­ence to tour re­sort cen­tres.

“Our re­cruit­ment pol­icy is such that we don’t look for de­greed peo­ple but we want to em­power those who have stud­ied tech­ni­cal sub­jects in school as we want them to learn some­thing so that when the ma­chines break­down they are there to fix them for you,” he said.

The ma­chines come with a six months free ser­vice and free toner.

Cameroon Pri­mary School from Mata­bele­land North Province, Mag­wegwe and Gampu pri­mary schools from Bu­l­awayo, Tiger Reef (Mid­lands), Manama (Mata­bele­land South), Mthunzi (Mashona­land West), Dzi­varasekwa (Harare), Mvurwi in Mashona­land Cen­tral and Dan­dara Pri­mary School in Mashona­land East were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. — @ ncubeleon

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