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Magaya schools Among Priority for a Rural Libraries Project

Posted by on 23/08/2012

Magaya school could not have a better centenary gift. The Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust has pre-selected Magaya School for possible support. The objectives of the ZRSLT include mobilizing resources for the establishment and sustainable development of library services in identified underprivileged rural schools in Zimbabwe; helping to cultivate a culture of reading in young people; developing awareness of books and other information resources as a means of satisfying their educational, information and entertainment needs and interests and unlocking the reading potential of the participating children.

Magaya school was founded in 1912, as a public government school and working closely with the Catholic Community. In the 1980s, the secondary school was then established, catering from students from the surrounding primary schools including Zhombwe, Chitate, Hoyuyu, Mazeyanike and Chitowa.

The school does not have a decent and well equipped information resource centre or library. The secondary school has electricity and  telephone infrastructure, which creates opportunity for e-library initiatives. Situated about 100km from Harare and about 15km from Murewa Centre, the school is deep in the rural community, most resource poor subsistence agriculture communities.

Rozaria Memorial Trust has been working closely with this school and six other schools in the district , providing educational opportunities to children living with HIV, training teachers and creating an enabling learning environment. Recently, the Rozaria Memorial Trust has partnered with the Magaya Old Students Association, in a special project to rehabilitate one classroom block, which was damaged by a storm.

This is such a welcome initiative. Libraries for rural schools are such a critical resource, to support the knowledge and learning for young people. As an alumni of Magaya School, my dream is to see the school producing highly qualified and motivated professionals in all fields.” stressed, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, founder and Chairperson of Rozaria Memorial Trust, and current General Secretary of the World YWCA.