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CONCERNED Zimbabweans based in South Africa have come together to raise funds and help improve results at Matabeleland schools which recorded a zero percent pass rate in last year’s Grade 7 examinations.

Through the My School, My Future project, the Zimbabweans who include lawyers, actors, singers and poets plan to raise funds as well as donate stationery and other support material to help improve results at some 20 poorly performing primary schools from the region.

Targeted schools include Gobadema, Glass Block 2, Ngoma, Matshetsheni, Tshongwe and Zelezele primary schools in Gwanda district as well as the Beitbridge-based Jalukange and Mapai primary schools.

Said chairperson of the initiative, Bongani Ncube in a recent interview with NewZimbabwe.com: “We were pained that schools in our home areas got zero percent (pass rate) and decided to stand up and help.

“We believe the causes of these results include the lack of learning materials such as textbooks. We do not want to wait for the government to come and address the problem we thought we could do something to help.”

Ncube said they had already identified two Gwanda schools where they would donate books, pencils, pens and other learning materials at the end of this month.

At the group’s first meeting, members raised about R3,000 in cash and a bank account has since been established for the initiative.

Busani Bhalagwe, the project’s deputy chair, said they would initially focus on schools where the results were particularly bad before broadening the scope of their assistance.

“There are a lot of factors contributing to high failure rate and these include dilapidated schools infrastructure where students learn in the open even during the rainy season, the lack of learning materials and the problem of non-qualified teachers.”

NomaZulu Moyo, a member of the group, added: “There is also a shortage of role models to encourage the youngsters to concentrate on their education.

“Some of the children stay with grandparents who do not encourage them to be serious with their education. So we will also have motivational speakers who will visit the schools to encourage students to work hard.”

Moyo said children from the region often neglected their education and just thought of going to South Africa in the mistaken belief that life was easier across the Limpopo.

Thulie Sibanda, an actor in the popular South African soap, Scandal, is also part of the initiative.

Source : New Zimbabwe