China pledges to assist Zim’s education sector

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora and Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lin Lin hand over generators donated by the Chinese Embassy to Tokwe-Mukosi schools to Red Cross Society of Zimbabwe vice national president Ms Tsitsi Sigauke(far right) and Tokwe-Mukosi School headmaster Mr Elphas Mapanje in Harare yesterday

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora and Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lin Lin hand over generators donated by the Chinese Embassy to Tokwe-Mukosi schools to Red Cross Society of Zimbabwe vice national president Ms Tsitsi Sigauke(far right) and Tokwe-Mukosi School headmaster Mr Elphas Mapanje in Harare yesterday

Herald Reporter
China is committed to supporting Zimbabwe’s education sector to improve the lives of children in the country, Beijing’s top diplomat in Harare has said.
At the handover ceremony of 24 generators to the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry yesterday, Ambassador Lin Lin said 12 primary and secondary schools around Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Masvingo would benefit from the donation.

“We are honoured to provide 24 generators for 12 primary and secondary schools which symbolises the goodwill and concrete action to support the improvement of educational infrastructure in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“As Zimbabwe’s all-weather friend, China is more than willing to support your efforts in infrastructural building. Children are our future and we believe that providing children with proper education is the best way to ensure a nation’s sustainable development,” Ambassador Lin said.

The Zimbabwe Red Cross partnered with the Chinese Embassy in the initiative to assist schools that were affected by the floods in areas surrounding Tokwe-Mukosi Dam. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora said the donation would improve learning at rural schools.

“This donation comes at a time when my ministry is working hard to improve the conditions of learning and teaching at our schools, especially in the rural areas,” he said.

“The provision of energy at the selected schools will make it possible for schools not only to teach ICT’s, but also enable second chance education programmes to be undertaken at the schools.” Zimbabwe Red Cross Society vice president Mrs Angella Sigauke hailed China’s initiative, saying they should continue to compliment their organisation’s humanitarian efforts.

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  • Ndareva

    The Chinese are good at making promises hey, I am yet to see many of their promises come to fruition. They come with some generators and leave every natural resource they so desire havo! Ko ungavadii munyika mababa mavo. Isu vekunze tonzwa nenhamo hedu!!!

  • Ndareva

    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts, especially the Chinese. They are already milking us dry even!!!

  • Kholiwe

    Zimbabweans would prefer normal regular reliable 24/7 electricity supplies during school hours, rather than be forced to use generators without a fuel, maintenance or installation/wiring budget to use them.
    Green Fuel is supposed to swap its blend over to increased ethanol E20 very soon, have these generators been modified to work reliably with this unverified blend?

  • Chikonzi

    Hope the schools can afford to run and maintain them! Pretty sure any donated petrol will soon be diverted for other purposes?
    Just looked at a Nigerian study of performance of generators depending on ethanol percentage blend, compared to unblended the E10 gives 10% increased fuel consumption and less power, E20 showed a 25% increase in fuel consumption with even less power generated.

  • anon

    24 generators worth a few thousand dollars are welcome, but only a token gift. On the other hand, the UK, through UNICEF, donated $38m of textbooks in 2012 which is only a small part of ongoing funding for health and education. This is never reported here, probably because it is part of “illegal regime change” or some other rubbish. Instead, a few generators from our all-weather friends get top billing.

    • Jotham

      White man’s child(pink pig) is having sleepless nights -cause the Neuropeans were not reported in the Herald, shame. The UK(MaBrishitie) do not donate anything to anybody – they buy their way into the brains of blacks for purposes of political mileage. It is true the British always dish out goods for a targeted purpose. Their donations are not meant for assistance never, never , never in our life time.

      • succuba

        You Jotham are a vulgar RACIST loser

        • anon

          Jotham – with supporters like you, and looking at this page, you are the only one they have, the ZAnu P government hardly needs enemies. You are a liability :-)

      • CAS

        Such an attitude exactly defines why many in the west now think that no western aid, investment or loans should ever find their way to Zimbabwe, nor should we buy anything from you. You hate whites – we should reciprocate with interest.

      • idi amin

        and the Chinks dont? i mean seriously? You demented soul! Wake up! Nothing is for mahala! Nada!

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    My advice to fellow Comrades is that these Chinese are not there to help us but they want to exploit us. The Chinese have to the capacity to rescue the Zimbabwean economy but they are reluctant to do so. Cde Chinamasa went there and came empty handed and has admitted in public that the debt overhang has proved costly to Zimbabwe. I think the solution lies in us efficiently managing our resources for the benefit of all. The Chinese will not give us what we so desperately need at the moment, a rescue package. Cdes Mutsvangwa and Chinamasa just have to accept this realise this. I am really pained as an individual because I thought we had a friend in them.

    • $21812056

      You have a friend in the Chinese gvt, but not a friend in the Chinese investors and citizens. ZANUz failure to distinguish between gvts, citizens and investors is the reason why we find ourselves in these doldrums.
      All people with money and who seek to invest thinks in a similar manner. Expect no investment from China just the few donations from their gvts like what those in the west do also.

    • Jotham

      How can the Chinese exploit us ?. Assumptions and assumptions and mere generalisations – Your comment Progressive Zimbabwean is very misleading

      • Hi5

        How can the Chinese exploit us? Have you been in a coma?

  • Sarudzai

    24Generators is nothing to cheer about coming from a big Country like China, l would understand if it was from one of our own local Business men then it could be news.

  • succuba

    Why is Zimbabwe always looking for assistance and loans for every sector and from anyone…. is this not indicative of a failed state?

  • X’s and Y’s

    “The provision of energy at the selected schools will make it possible for schools not only to teach ICT’s…”. Who will teach? The generators? FYI Mr Minister maticha akatogumbuka!!!

  • emily

    It would not surprise me to find the generators at someone’s house or at the top rich schools with few pupils who can afford to even buy industrial generators……… and none for those where they are much needed