IOM donates furniture

In a move that is set to improve learning standards in rural resettlement schools, International Organisation for Migration donated textbooks and furniture to 21 primary schools in Manicaland province.

The donation, which comprised of textbooks in vernacular languages (Shona and Ndebele), Mathematics, English, chairs and desks for teachers and students will benefit eight schools in Chipinge, six in Makoni and 10 in Mutare.

Each school will receive 50 four seater combined desks for pupils, 10 tables and four chairs for teachers.

Before the donation, students and teachers were conducting lessons on the floor. IOM has also built a number of schools in resettled areas.

IOM Deputy Chief of Mission, Katie Kerr said schools were the heart of any community. He said migration was a challenge to the host community and IOM was

assisting such societies with the provision of education, water and sanitation.

“We believe migration brings challenges, but also opportunities. We are there to help host communities contain such problems,” said Kerr.

She paid tribute to Zimbabwean teachers for their dedication and commitment despite working under extreme harsh conditions.

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