The Rotary Club of Harare Central in partnership with B&rg-Gethin,
International District 1800 in Germany and the Rotary Learning Library on Friday donated learning materials worth thousands of US dollars to 36 rural primary schools of Zimbabwe.
The donations comprised of 3000
illustrated English dictionaries, 1000 Atlases, 500 Encyclopaedia and will benefit more than 12000 primary school rural learners in Mashonaland Central Province.
The hand over ceremony was held at Wadzanai Primary School in Shamva District.
Theresa Buluzi President of Rotary Harare Central said the donation is aimed at improving basic education of disadvantaged and rural learners inline with Rotary’s international goal.
“We seek to invest in the education of our future leaders and we have started this journey by incorporating rural learners. We also want thier education level to match that of urban learners so that the play field will be the same.”
“This is in line with Rotary International’s goal to improve basic education and
literacy, particularly in disadvantaged communities.”
Stefan Karnop Chairman Rotary Club Burg-Genthin, District 1800, Germany explained the nature of the donation in which Zimbabwe’s own Chiwoniso shared the plight of rural learners to the felloy Rotarians in Europe.
“We thank Chiwoniso a young lady from Zimbabwe who came to Germany few years ago and she was able to share with fellow Rotarians about the plight of rural learners, discussed with us about the need to donate education staff in rural communities of Zimbabwe few years ago. Since then funds have been raised and today we are here with the donation for the schools in Shamva.”
Clemence Mutembwa Shamva’s Acting District Inspector with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education expressed excitement at the donation received from Rotarian Family, says will go a long way in uplifting education of learners.
“We greatly appreciate the Rotarians for the provision of teaching materials for our schools which will assist in ensuring quality education and we hope for future engagement with them.”
Rotary Club of Harare Central is also set to donate wheelchairs to learners living with disability in the same province. The charity club will also partner Shamva District Better Schools Programme in launching annual spelling bee and travia quiz competition in July this year.