….MEDRA pledges to help find solution
BIKITA - Negovano Primary School in Bikita South is experiencing a severe shortage of water which has seen teachers at times sharing a bucket of water per day, TellZim News can reveal.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the school to handover furniture donated by Methodist Development Relief Agency (Medra), Negovano Primary School head Stanley Pepukai said the water shortages were affecting teaching and learning.
“Due to continuous drought in this area, we are experiencing critical water shortages for domestic use. We have got only one borehole here at school and it cannot provide enough water for our staff members.
“We are now practicing water rationing. We have 37 teachers here but the borehole produces 30 buckets in the morning and another 30 in the evening. This is having a severe negative impact on our quest to improve the teaching and learning experience,” said Pepukai.
In response, Medra promised to work with the school and the community in order to improve conditions for both teachers and pupils.
This organization donated 200 chairs for pupils, one rocking chair for the school head, desks, five chairs for teachers, 1 530 A4 exercise books, 200 A5 exercise books, 536 pencils, 150 rulers, 407 ever sharp pens, 35 infant school beds and junior satchels among other things.
Medra national director Clever Tavaziva said their wish was to help the needy as a way of spreading the word of God.
“We are involved in many developmental projects which include borehole drilling to secure clean water, and toilet construction to avoid diseases like cholera.
“In our next visit, we are going to spend some days here painting some structures at this school and doing some renovations if possible,” said Tavaziva.
In an interview with TellZim News, Bikita District Schools Inspector (DSI) James Mahofa said they had approached various stakeholders to help schools affected by Cyclone Idai in the district.
“We have approached various stakeholders like the Infrastructural Development Bank (IDBZ), Medra, Fenix Trust,” Mahofa said.
He encouraged parents to contribute towards improving learning environment for their children.
“We urge parents to play their role and help develop the school so as to create better learning conditions for the pupils,” said Mahofa.