Cletus Mushanawani Mashonaland Central Bureau Chief
MASHONALAND Central Province has made giant strides in making schools more child friendly and inclusive, as 10 new schools were authorised to open, while six have been registered so far this year.
The provincial education director, Mrs Naome Chikosha, said more than 50 more schools are also in the process of being registered with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
“Giant strides are being made to ensure that education is accessible to all children even in marginalised communities like the Doma people in Kanyemba where a beautiful and modern school, Mariga Primary, has been constructed in fulfilment of their basic right to education,” she said.
“Besides that, more than 80 classroom blocks have been constructed to completion with the majority already roofed. These are dotted around the eight districts in the province.”
Mrs Chikosha added: “A number of toilets that are child appropriate have been constructed in the entire province.”
She hailed the new dispensation for championing the 100-day cycle approach to the implementation of various projects for it compels authorities to constantly monitor them.
“As a province, we are grateful to the Government under the new dispensation that has come up with the 100-day cycle approach to the implementation of various projects for it compels us to constantly monitor and push until results are realised within the specified period and this has worked for us,” she said.
“It cannot be doubted that such constructions in schools in the province have indeed added value to the concept of child friendly schools as learners graduate from using tree shades as classrooms into proper classrooms, thereby attracting even those that might not have been enrolled. A case in point is Mariga Primary School where enrolment is on the rise.”
Mrs Chikosha said the province had enrolled more learners.