By Bonani Muleya
HWANGE- Stung by a string of poor results by children in school, villagers in Jambezi under Hwange district have formed an association whose aim is
to facilitate effective teaching in learning institutions.
Membership of Jambezi Educational Development Association (Jeda) has
risen to over 100 since formation last year.
The association registered as a trust this year and will hold its
first annual general meeting later this month.
It has paid school fees for some children at Mashake Secondary and
Nejambezi Secondary schools and donated stationery such as exercise
books to St Michael Mbizha, Ndimakule and Neluswi primary schools as
part of its activities.
The association’s aims dovetail with government vision of ensuring
that no citizen is left behind in the vision for an upper middle class
economy by year 2030 by ensuring that all children have access to
Jeda spokesperson Lawrence Penpusher Moyo said the association was
formed to help improve standard of education in Jambezi community.
“We formed last year to help schools and children with learning
material such as books and other necessities. The association has
since attained trust status and will be having an annual general
meeting at Mashake Secondary in Jambezi end of this month where we
will invite traditional leaders and Chief Shana,” said Moyo.
The association was formed by villagers who felt there was a need to
contribute towards the development and assist in developmental matters
to improve the standard of education in Hwange district and Zimbabwe,”
He said members the association depends on members’ contributions and
well wishers for funding.
Headman Josphat Ncube of Ndimakule ward said the association would
help transform the fortunes of Jambezi area by ensuring effective
education for children.
“It is our wish that children get all provisions for them to attain
good education and we hope this association will get the attention of
donors and other partners so as to develop our area,” he said.
Government has called for partnerships with the private sector improve
learning environment amid efforts to equip schools with modern
learning methods such as information communication technologies to
afford learners learn lifelong skills in line with the new competence
based education curriculum being implemented.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education
Tumisang Thabela said: “We want to move from a public sector driven
economy to a private sector driven economy hence we need partnerships
with the private sector to bail out our education.”
She was speaking at a National Association of Schools Inspectors and
Directors meeting in Victoria Falls on Tuesday.
The efforts by Jeda will address some of the challenges faced by
learning institutions in Matabeleland North and other remote areas.
Education Minister Paul Mavima recently said government vision was to
transform all schools into one stop learning institutions in the next
five years as appealed for synergies with private sector.