Cool Lifestyle Reporter
Nyamasanga Primary School in Chitomborwizi and St Peter’s Tokyo in Nyazura received books worth $1 375 donated by Zimbabwean children based in New Zealand on Friday last week. The handover ceremony was held at Zimbabwe Publishing House in the capital.
Ropafadzo Kunaka (11), New Zealand-born twin sisters Shefali and Shivani Sinha, and an Australian based young Zimbabwean lady who has chosen to remain anonymous sourced the donations. St Peter’s Tokoyo in Nyazura, which has a state of the art library sponsored by Dr Solomon Guramatunhu, received books worth over $800.
Kunaka also sourced a donation of $575 towards Nyamasanga Primary School and the anonymous donor whose donation of $500 was split equally between Nyamasanga and St Peter’s Tokoyo schools. Nyamasanga Primary schools identified the books needed at the school from a catalogue supplied by the Zimbabwe Publishing House, who have pledged to donate additional books in addition to those to be purchased.
Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima, endorsed the Ziva Midzi Yako/Yazi Odabuka Khona/Remember Your Roots Library Project, the name of the initiative by the young women. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Professor Mavima applauded the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust’s Ziva Midzi Yako/Yazi Odabuka Khona/Remember Your Roots Library Project initiative and encouraged Zimbabwean based in Zimbabwe and abroad to support the concept.
The Ziva Midzi Yako/Yazi Odabuka Khona/Remember Your Roots Library initiative seeks to encourage Zimbabweans to give back to the deserving rural schools which they, their parents or grandparents went to by providing reading material to the schools or helping construct libraries at the same schools. Plans for the construction of the second Ziva Midzi Yako library at Fairfield School in Lalapanzi have reached an advanced stage.
Meanwhile, the trust’s New Zealand operations have since raised enough money to ship a 20-foot container of books donated by well wishers in New Zealand for distribution to identified schools in rural Zimbabwe