By Arthur Tagara
Lions Club international and other civic organizations joined hands together to support the running schedules of Tore Primary School in commemoration of the World Education Day.
The day was set aside by the United Nations as an initiative to foster quality and inclusive education to the rest of the world especially Sub Saharan Africa.
Lions Club gave a donation of learning materials like text books, charts, writing books, pens, pencils and many other learning related materials.
The organisation went a step further by paying out fees for children with financial challenges and have been owing fees.
Junior Chamber International alumina, Hazel Manda said, Tore Primary is a marginalized school that caters for the vulnerable children and orphans and is situated in the Kwekwe rural community.
“Tore Primary is a marginalized school that caters for the vulnerable children and orphans and is situated in the Kwekwe rural community,” she said.
“The school enrolls a capacity of more than 300 children every year who comes from lower family backgrounds such as gold panners,” Manda said.
Tore is a school under the Zibagwe Rural District Council.
Speaking to this publication, the school head Nkosana Matalikwa appealed to the local and international community for financial assistance.
Matalikwa told this publication about the hard times the school is facing calling out for assistance from anyone across the board.
“As a school our main problem is the shortage of classrooms, we are operating with four dilapidating blocks we have even resorted to use a fowl run to accommodate the enrollment,” he said.
Matalikwa pointed out that as a school they have resorted to hot sitting to curb overpopulation and to maintain a normal teacher to student ratio.
“We have an enrolment of more than 300 student’s but we have alternatively initiated to hot sitting to ease the teacher’s ratio of students,” said Matalikwa.
“Amongst these children are also kids who come a long way from places like Rutendo to acquire cheaper education at Tore Primary School,” he said.
Matalikwa indicated that the school out sources funds from the civic organizations, the government and also depends on poultry projects to sustain the daily business of the school.
“Tore is in the outskirts of Kwekwe and the community is heavily populated with farms and artisanal miners and they hardly pay incentives,” he said.