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November 26, 2013
Advocacy Action Team launches admin block
Trust Dambashoko Community Advocacy Action Team will tomorrow (Wednesday
27 November 2013) be launching a community initiated school administration
block at Dambashoko Primary School in Gwanda as part of the team’s
broader advocacy for access to basic education in the district.
The Action Team
constructed the administration block using local resources that
were mobilized using the mobilization and advocacy skills taught
by Habakkuk Trust in year 2008.
Trust raises funds for rural school
In an effort to improve access to education in rural Matabeleland,
a local Non Governmental Organization, Habakkuk Trust, last week
organized a golf tournament at Harry Allen Golf Club in Bulawayo
to raise funds for the completion of a classroom block at Datata
Primary School in Gwanda ward 2.
golfers from Bulawayo on Saturday the 23rd of November 2013 marked
their tee –offs for a charity cause as they sought to raise
funds to complete the construction of a classroom block at Datata
Primary School in Gwanda Ward 2. The Charity Golf Tournament that
ran under the theme: Give a Rural Child an Education Campaign, was
held at Harry Allen Golf Club and funds raised shall be used to
buy cement and roofing material for the completion of the Datata
School Classroom Block.
featured a variety of fundraising activities such as a raffle, balloon
popping and pat-pat for amateur golf players. The
initiative sought to assist the Datata Habakkuk Trust Community
Advocacy Action Team that was trained by Habakkuk Trust in year
2007, to complete a classroom block that will benefit about 90 students
in the rural community of Gwanda. Datata Primary School was founded
in 1952 and currently the school is operating with only 4 classrooms
a situation that has resulted in hot-seating and overcrowding. Sometimes
some grades learn in the open. The Community Advocacy Action Team
has so-far managed to mobilize the community to construct a classroom
block that is now at roofing level but they are failing to complete
it due to high levels of poverty exacerbated by persistent drought.
In his speech
during the Golf Tournament, former Minister of Education, Sports,
Arts and Culture Senator David Coltart (who was in the company of
his wife Jennie), indicated that in his involvement in the education
sector he came to appreciate the value of education even more, observing
that “despite the passion for education in the country the
state of the education institutions particularly in rural areas
was cause for concern”.
was attended by civic organisations, national leaders, members of
the golf clubs, and business people.
Times have changed
and the state of rural education calls for different strategies
from multiple actors. It is in this context that Habakkuk Trust
was in partnership with corporate organizations and other stakeholders
in holding this fundraising event which was the first in Habakkuk
Trust’s Corporate-Civic and Community Partnership Project.
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