CHIRUMHANZU: The Japanese Embassy donated and commissioned newly constructed classroom blocks in Chirumhanzu, a development that is expected to curb the challenge of infrastructure in schools in the district.
The new two classroom blocks at Tokwe 4 secondary school which were commissioned this Thursday were built in a record three months to complement the existing classroom block which received a major face-lift to match modern standards.
The school was also installed with a solar-powered water system and the community was handy in providing labour and bricks while the Japanese embassy through the Local Initiatives and Development Agency (LID), provided the necessary financial resources worth USD 90 000.
Chief Chirumhanzu commended the development and said he hopes that would encourage his subjects to values education.
“Education is the pillar of any development. This resettlement is in the middle of some farms and most people were shunning Education. Am happy that this milestone will mean that my subjects will start valuing education and as such we will make informed decisions in developing this area,” Chief Chirumhanzu said.
Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka also said he was happy over the renewed relations between his country and Zimbabwe.
“I am very excited by the cordial relations we have with the people of Zimbabwe. We renewed this only last week when Tokyo reaffirmed her position to assist the African continent in various development areas including education and health. I hope the Covid 19 will continue to go down so that more Japanese people can visit this beautiful country,” Ambassador Tanaka said.
LID Executive Director Pascal Manyangaidze further said his organisation is looking forward to doing more towards developing Chirumhanzu.
“We are very happy that we are playing our part in the development of our country. We are saying we will be on the ground to ensure that we build the teacher’s quarters and electrify this school. We are here to complement the President’s vision that brick by brick, the country is built by its people,” Manyangaidze said.
Established in 2004 as a satellite School operating at the nearby Mwire primary school, Tokwe 4 secondary school moved to establish a new classroom block in 2019 with most students learning under the tree.
The establishment of the new classroom blocks is set to change the face of the new school which now boasts of an enrolment of 150 students.