December 27, 2023

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ZDF artisans construct school in Gokwe South

Construction of Mafungautsi Secondary School in Gokwe South District is expected to start soon, following a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Owen Ncube.

The school will be constructed by artisans from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) while the community will mobilise resources and provide complementary manpower.

Upon completion, Mapfungautsi Secondary School will ease pressure on Cheziya Gokwe High School, Machakata and Njelele Secondary Schools which are oversubscribed.

Some of the building material has since been procured. The community has already secured gravel, river sand, and pit sand.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister Ncube said the development was in line with the Second Republic’s thrust of promoting and enhancing the provision of inclusive, quality, and affordable education in line with Vision 2030.

“This event confirms the Second Republic’s commitment towards ensuring access to quality education in line with the National Developmental Strategy 1, Africa Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development goals number 4 and 10 on quality education and reduced inequality respectively,” he said.

The expansion of Gokwe Centre has created an increasing demand for schools and other social amenities.

“Therefore, the construction of Mapfungautsi Secondary School illustrates the listening nature of the Second Republic ably led by His Excellency the President Dr ED Mnangagwa through his timely response,” said Minister Ncube.

“Through devolution, new schools like Dengwe and Vision Kunashe are being constructed, electrified, and equipped with computers to accelerate the teaching and learning that incorporates ICT innovation and production of goods and services that address community needs. The level of development of a country is as good as that of its education system.”

Minister Ncube said the Midlands Province was making great strides in implementing the competence–based 5.0 curriculum and policy to ensure that learners acquired the necessary life skills in a knowledge-driven economic recovery and growth.

He said education was the key to unlocking the potential of the country’s youths and ensuring sustainable development for the nation.

He said the recent successes of Cheziya High School on the international scene should inspire the Gokwe community.

Cheziya High School recently won the World Youth Chess Championships in Montesilvano, Italy. The school represented Zimbabwe in the competition from November 13 to November 25, 2023.

Minister Ncube also implored learners to desist from drug and substance abuse.

“I implore learners to desist from taking drugs as they destroy their health and careers. Drug peddlers must be reported to law enforcement agents and I urge everyone to carry out drug awareness campaigns to schools, churches, sports events, and other places where youths meet for various activities” he said.

 

ZTN-Herald

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