US$20 000 flash system project for Insiza school
Blessing Karubwa, Chronicle Reporter
UNICEF has partnered with the Government to bankroll a US$20 000 flash-system restroom construction project at Sibhata Secondary School in Insiza North, Matabeleland South Province.
The completed project was officially commissioned together with a new laboratory during a recent event at the school. Insiza District Schools Inspector, Mrs Catherine Tshili, said the development will go a long way in uplifting standards at the school in terms of health and sciences teaching.
“We appreciate the Government for availing the funds to build this flash-system toilet. We also appreciate Unicef and Christian Care for being the implementing partners,” she said.
“We also appreciate the cooperation of the community members who contributed 95 percent in the building of the completion of this flash-system toilet. This flash-system toilet will go a long way in improving the health standards in the school.”
Christian Care regional board chairman, Mr Bonolo Noko, said they were an implementing partner of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), a government of Zimbabwe programme that is funded by Unicef.
“The flash-system toilet is worth US$20 000. Christian Care is an implementing partner and this project is determined to go a long way in helping the girl child at any time,” he said.
School’s Development Committee chairperson, Mr Cephas Ndlela, said the project was meant to protect the girl child.
“Community members did a tremendous work. They are the ones who were managing this project, building and doing everything up to roofing while the Government provided funding,” he said.
“We had a duty roaster for doing all that and that is the reason we managed to complete this project early.”
He appealed for more financial assistance to build more classroom blocks adding that a number of children were passing their Ordinary Levels but failing to continue with their studies due to unavailability of affordable high schools nearby.
School head Mr Tennyson Moyo said the school was determined to move forward with development.
Head boy, Preacher Moyo, said he never imagined his school having a flash-system toilet and being the first in the district to have one. — @KarubwaTicha