Japan brings joy to Gokwe

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MORE than 1,900 students and 5,400 community members in Gokwe North, Midlands Province are benefiting from a US$5.7 million project launched by Japan and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) .

Some 40 teachers have also benefited from the project in a district that suffers from a severe shortage of schools and educational infrastructure, such as classrooms and staff accommodation.

Speaking at a handover ceremony of the US$2.3 million comprehensive education project funded by the Government of Japan for three schools at Chirisa Elementary School in Gokwe North District , Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Hiroyuki Kumagai, said, “I look forward to these improved schools in Chirisa, Nenyunka and Kushinga which provide a good education for the boys and girls of Kabuyuni for many years to come. I also hope that they will become fully registered public schools as soon as possible.

“The Japanese people understand the value of education and we heard there was a need for better schools here in Kabuyuni, so we decided to support girls and boys here.”

Kumagai said he hoped the development would attract more full-time certified teachers to schools.

“By building these schools and providing these children with a good environment to learn, we have impacted their lives and made the world a better place,” said ADRA Zimbabwe country director Judith Musvosvi.

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