BY STEVE EPHRAEM
REFUGEES at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge are grateful for receiving an ECD school but are asking further for an Advance Level facility.
The camp received a three-classroom block which was constructed by Chipinge Rural District Council using devolution funds. The ECD was officially opened last Friday when Zimbabwe held its belated World Refugee Day commemoration at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.
The ECD facility that was built to decongest Tongogara Primary School was commissioned by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Hon July Moyo who was represented by the Permanent Secretary for Manicaland State Affairs and Devolution, Mr Edgars Seenza.
Tongogara Primary School is rated one the most populated primary education institutions in Manicaland Province, boasting of more than 3,000 learners this year.
Speaking on the need for the A Level facility during his presentation, community leader, Kibumba Sierra Negro indicated that many learners are ending their educational journey at Ordinary Level due to in availability of an Advanced Level facility in the camp.
“Honourable Minister, our hearts are disturbed by the failure to support students to proceed to Advanced Level. We are therefore asking for an Advanced Level block at St Michael’s Secondary School and provide it with qualified teachers, furniture and equipment for pupils to be able to complete their secondary studies at the camp,” he said.