Story by Mhlomuli Ncube
Communities in Matabeleland North Province have welcomed the construction and rehabilitation of at least 20 schools under the Devolution Programme in a development which confirms the positive impact of the government’s inclusive development agenda.
Matabeleland North Province was lagging behind in terms of education infrastructure.
However, the Second Republic is re-writing the script as more and more schools are being constructed across the province through the devolution programme.
It is a dream come true for many in the vast province where seven primary schools and six secondary schools have been constructed while others have been rehabilitated.
A villager said, ‘‘We are very grateful as a province for the schools built by our President. These schools, which have been built are a reflection of our aspirations in a region where we have had low rates of educated people. This development helps us to see our children develop.’’
Another villager noted, “What our President is doing in Matebeleland North makes us very happy as this is bringing development we hope this will raise our education standards to a higher level.’’
The seven primary schools include Simunyu, Mazwa, Mqabuko, Muntu, Joanna Mafuyana, Mansenga and Chibondo while Thokozani, Asiphakameni and Tiki are part of the six secondary schools.
Other schools like Seremba Primary School in Nkayi were rehabilitated, while four primary schools, including Nechibondo and Ndangababi in Hwange District got a facelift.
Under the National Development Strategy One, government rolled out a programme that will see 3 000 schools being built across the country.