Article and Pictures by:
Mufute Tawanda B (ATRDT Sec)
the call for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 one wonders
how Chirasika Primary School is going to conduct lessons when schools
reopen. Chirasika Primary School was
built by Anjin Mining Company for the diamond relocated families. Four villages
namely Anjin, Jinani, Diamond Mining Company and Rera enroll pupils in this
institution. The school also enrolls pupils from illegal settlers who occupy
grazing lands namely Kamuzhanje, Maone, Matereke etc. 1500 pupils are enrolled
at Chirasika Primary School with 4 classroom blocks leaving the large number of
pupils conducting lesson in asbestos makeshifts. Each class at this school has
an average of 55 pupils in a class. The school has 16 blair toilets that are
being used by pupils and one wonders on what will happen to pupils when lessons
relocated families had managed to construct 2 by 2 classroom blocks to ease the
shortage of learning facilities. Arda Transau Relocation Development Trust molded
bricks and donated these to the school for the construction of classroom
blocks. Failure by mining companies to provide income generating projects and
employment to the relocated families has made such efforts to be an uphill
task. Families are facing it hard to cope with the lifestyle of this unplanned
relocation with some even failing to afford fees payments. A survey by Arda
Transau Relocation Development Trust monitors shows that parents are finding it
hard to pay fees leaving the school to operate with what is there. With the
cold season approaching the pupils will be exposed to harsh temperatures.
Efforts to get assistance from the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company hit a
hard rock with the company citing lack of resources basing their argument that diamonds
are being stock piled and not being sold.
After noticing all these shortfalls as a development practitioner, I recommend that the following be done to avert the situation at Chirasika Primary School before schools are re-opened so that pupils and teachers will adhere to the measures put in place by government and world health organization.
and Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company should construct more classroom
blocks at the school.
provision of clean and safe water to pupils and relocated families.
through Ministry of Education should provide enough textbooks to pupils so that
they don’t overcrowd on one textbook.
and Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company should embark on COVID19 awareness to
learners and community.
and Mining Companies should provide protective clothing, gloves, masks, and
other essential to the school to fight the pandemic.
of devolution funds to Arda Transau Relocation area to make the area to catch
up with other communities’ development.
of livelihood projects and employment to the relocated.