1. RUFARO PRIMARY SCHOOL, MASVINGO
In keeping with its vision of “educating every child” as a means of eradicating poverty in Africa, Mudiwa Foundation launched its Child Welfare Initiatives at Rufaro Primary School on the 6th of October 2016. The School is situated 14km along the Masvingo-Mutare Highway in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. The Foundation chose Rufaro Primary School following a request by the Principal for assistance. The School is located in a resettlement area, 6.5km from the main road where poverty is rife and many of the students come from adversely disadvantaged households. It is reported that most of the students have to walk that distance to and from school on a daily basis. This coupled with a general lack of proper nutrition results in the students performing dismally and in some instances fainting during classes.
The Foundation strongly advocates for the right to education and believes in securing the future of every child, especially the disadvantaged child in the rural areas. In view of this, the Foundation has adopted 10 students as beneficiaries of its ADOPT-A-SCHOLAR program which sees the Foundation partnering with corporates and individuals in paying fees for under-privileged students.
2. RUFARO PRIMARY E.C.D PROJECT, MASVINGO
Mudiwa Foundation realizeS the need for renovating schools in rural Zimbabwe and has embarked on an ECD Block building project at Rufaro Primary School. The former ECD Block was an old farmhouse that had since been converted to an ECD classroom. The building also doubled as residence for the student teachers who also do not have adequate accommodation at the school.
In keeping with the best interests of the child, the Foundation has since mobilized the community in making bricks, fetching water and in the actual building of the ECD block. The Foundation’s ECD Block project is at roof level. Upon completion, the new ECD Block will service 50 students.
3. MANYOSHWA PRIMARY SCHOOL, CHIHOTA
Mudiwa Foundation in partnership with Global Youth Foundation Zimbabwe visited Manyoshwa Primary School in Chihota, Mashonaland East Province. The school is in a deplorable state and poses increased hazard to the learners, many of whom have to scramble for inadequate resources in attaining their right to education.
The school is currently split between two locations. Students from E.C.D level to Grade 3 are currently learning in an old and abandoned building which was once a beerhall. The building is far from conducive for learning, as it is also located opposite functioning beerhalls and thus producing an even greater threat to the learning environment for the students. The place is bare and unattended and often times the teachers and students have to compete with the noise from the main road and the beerhalls opposite the facility. The building dilapidated as it is, remains inadequate for academic purposes as some students have to make use of the veranda as a makeshift classroom. The school authorities described this setting as “unsuitable for teaching and learning purposes.
Mudiwa Foundation is in the process of mobilizing resources to build an ECD Block and a library at Manyoshwa Primary School.
4. CHEMHONDORO PRIMARY SCHOOL, MUREHWA
Chemhondoro Primary School, like most schools in rural Zimbabwe suffers from a shortage of resources and facilities. There are 7 ECD classes at Chemhondoro Primary School. Each class comprises of 50 students. The hot-sitting system is employed at the school to allow smooth operations in the school.
Nonetheless, this system does not address the need for facilities as some learners are forced to brace the harsh weather elements as they learn outside. The school urgently needs an ECD Block to better the student’s learning environment. The Foundation also noted the need for ablution facilities. With a constant population of 2000 students and teachers, the school only has 10 toilets, giving a ratio of 1:200. In essence, the school is a brooding health hazard that not only poses a threat to the education of the students but to their lives as a whole
The authorities at the school gave a report on the lack of school fees among the learners. The fees are pegged at $12 a term. Mudiwa Foundation plans on adopting at least 50 learners at this school as beneficiaries of its ADOPT-A-SCHOLAR program. The Foundation further plans on building an ECD block and toilets with the help of the community to cater for the 7 ECD classes and the sanitation needs of the school.