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New Classroom Block Opened in Somgolo

(This article expired 31.12.2012.)

A new classroom block was opened at Somgolo School in presence of the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, H.E. David Coltart on 22 March 2012.

The Czech Republic financially supported the construction of the new classroom block at the Somgolo Community School (Matabele North Province, Lupane District) in 2010 and 2011 by a grant of 15,300 USD. Further funds were provided by a German NGO Afrikaprojekt, which operates a hospital in Lupane, supports socially weak families and provides scholarships to needy children. Last but not least, the Danish NGO Care 4 People financed part of the equipment of new classrooms.

The building shelters two classrooms completely furnished with school desks, chairs, blackboards, textbooks and other teaching material. It also includes a new office of the Headmaster, who appreciates especially the tiled floor of the classroom block which, he adds, is a standard of secondary schools but very rarely seen at elementary school level.

The Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, H.E. David Coltart, the guest of honour of the official opening, appreciated the fact that, although the Czech Republic is not the largest international donor in Zimbabwe, demonstrates its capacity to invest its funds efficiently. As he pointed out, 45% out of 175,000 pupils in Matabele North are being schooled under trees and makeshift structures. That, in fact, used to be the case of the Somgolo School, where the higher-level pupils learned at a temporary wooden shelter damaged by termites.

H.E. Luděk Zahradníček representing the Czech Embassy invited the children to fill the new classrooms with life and hard work. It is only through their effort that Zimbabwe will remain a country with extraordinary human resources - a country of well educated people.

After the speeches, children embarked on a long serie of songs and short dramatic performances about their school, their childhood and, of course, their new classroom block. H.E. David Coltart concluded the ceremony by cutting the ribbon.