RENCO MINE – A community initiative to construct a secondary school near Masarasara Primary School in Mushawasha area has been supported by Chief’s Shumba and land for the project has been identified.
Chief Shumba, born Elliot Zovovo, said he visited the site last Friday with his delegation and saw it fit for the construction of the school.
“That is a good community initiative and I support it because pupils in the area are walking long distances to the closest secondary schools. I have therefore approved construction of the school and it is now up to the other responsible authorities to approve the project as well,” said Shumba.
He said the community was in the process of handing the proposal to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC) for approval.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director (PED) Zedius Chitiga said the initiative was welcome, adding that there was no development without community involvement.
“We welcome such initiatives. I think if all the necessary channels and procedures are followed, the ministry will approve,” said Chitiga.
Pupils from Mushawasha are travelling up to 15km to Makoho or Tugwane secondary schools, making the initiative all the more critical for the welfare of children in the area.
More than 80 pupils have already made their intention to begin their form one at the school next year should the project succeed.
The school will draw pupils from the surrounding farms as well as Mafunye, Chitorido and Muzenda villages among others.
Locals are contributing towards the establishment of the school in cash and kind and are waiting for approval to start clearing the land.