School begs for help

HARARE - The  apostolic sect of Johane Masowe we Chishanu is engaging United Nations  agency, Unicef, to help revamp a church school situated at their  Gandanzara Shrine.

With an enrolment of at least 150 pupils who live in and around the great  Johane Masowe shrine, the school is unregistered and has five teachers.

These  teachers liaise with neighbouring schools such as Mujakwara Primary school to ensure their students can also register and write their grade seven examinations.

Officials revealed that at times when the school gets overwhelmed, some of the  older children in secondary school assist with teaching.

Built  in 1989, the purpose of the church school was to ensure that the apostolic sect beliefs and value system were instilled in their children at a tender age.

Speaking  to journalists who had visited the shrine with a Unicef team, Angelina  Kutsvetedzera, a teacher, said the school was in dire need of help.

“The school needs benches and tables for the children to have a comfortable environment to learn in. Our pupils are very bright. Last year 18 pupils wrote Grade Seven examinations and their marks were ranging from five to nine units,” said Kutsvetedzera.

Because most parents are poor and likely to fail to afford secondary education,  the school prepares them for employment at an early age.

“In  the school we teach english, shona and mathematics. Subjects like agriculture  and carpentry are also taught to help children who do not proceed to secondary school. We would like to teach them skills that will help them fend for  themselves,” she said.

Unicef’s Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist Tapuwa **said she will  make an effort to work with the ministry of Education, Sports and Culture for them to give these unregistered schools text books.

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