By Munyaradzi Thulani Nkomo; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
World Vision's Gift-in-Kind program donated library books to a school in northern Zimbabwe, bringing smiles to 760 students. Now the primary and secondary school students have access to a well-stocked library, something that wasn’t available before.
The Mission school is located more than 150 km north of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Prior to the donation of books, students had challenges getting study materials to expand the lessons they were learning in class.class.
Ngoni Tinaro, the school librarian, could barely hide her joy as she explained how the donation of books helped her establish a better library in the mission school.
“I joined [the school] as a Librarian in 2013, but the situation was difficult. The library was empty. I had nothing to give to students but now I am a happy and appreciate what World Vision has done for me, they have supported me, gave me text books and science kits. Now the pass rate at St Albert’s [is] top notch because of the books we received,” she says.
Faith, a student, said the books are going a long way in enriching her studies. “We appreciate very much the efforts you have made in providing these books for us. We are really benefitting from the books compared to what has been happening in the past,” she says.
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Mrs Mudimu, the Grade 7 teacher, explains how the school has benefitted. “We have really good books… covering almost every subject. English teachers are grateful because they use some of the books to teach students comprehension passages. The books are also improving their vocabulary as well as spoken English,” she shares.
Mission Superior and Administrator, Father Rongai Chasarira, applauds World Vision’s kind book donation to the mission.
As of now, the school development committee is in the process of planning a library expansion project to store more books and accommodate more students.