Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
Former students of Rumuka Secondary school in Mhondoro have launched an initiative called Alumni Association meant to uplift the school from its current dilapidated state.
The association was launched last weekend.
The Alumni Association which is led by the chairperson Alexio Muzuva, Douglas Nyathi and other former students donated furniture, stationery and textbooks in line with the new curriculum.
“The association targets the school’s quality of education to improve the pass rate and we pulled some resources to make the donations.
“Education can never be free and it is neither funded by donors, government or the parents.”
Muzuva said the newly formed association afforded former students and the community a platform to interact and share ideas.
“Our community was used to depend on hand-outs from the government.
“As a result parents have relegated the duty of paying fees to the state,” he said.
Rumuka Secondary school headmaster Maxwell Mawere applauded the efforts by the Alumni Association.
“We hope our relationship with the former students is going to be a long-term relationship that will continue with generations and generations to come,” said Mawere.
While former Head of Rumuka School, Hebert Panavanhu lauded the philanthropic gesture by the former students.
“Two male teachers, a female and I managed to build three blocks with assistance from the community.
“The environment was not conducive for learning although the enrolled students performed well.
“Rumuka Secondary School was one of the best rural schools in the area, posing stiff competition to some of the best high schools of Chegutu district.
“We founded the school in 1984 after we were allocated land without enough resources, and the school was constructed in 1985,” he said.
Muzuva is a successful accountant-cum-businessperson who founded ZRP Support Unit Independent College.
As a gesture, the association also planted trees to enhance the school’s environmental heritage.
The donated chairs were designed and made by one of the former student Godfrey Chesango who is currently running a furniture manufacturing company.
The old association also pledged to put electricity to the administration block and at computer lab which is using the generator and add number of computers.