MKOBA 4 PRIMARY SCHOOL, GWERU, ZIMBABWE

To increase the capacity of this school to offer higher learning possibilities to their pupils.


Right on the door step of our Gweru project site is the high density area of Mkoba. This is where the majority of Gweru’s population live.

The Government run Mkoba 4 Primary School provides education for approximately 2200 students with an average class size of 55 students to one teacher, and around 300 students in each age grade.  Due to the high number of students, there is a critical shortage of classrooms and resources such as textbooks and teaching aids. To deal with the large number of students the school authorities introduced “hot seating” where each student attends either a morning or afternoon class, which negatively impacts on student / teacher interaction.  The school is in desperate need for additional classrooms and resources.

ALERT through our ACT division, with our partner Antelope Park provide both manpower and material support to this school.  Personnel are provided to assist the teaching staff by providing pupils with more individual attention during lessons, assessing students' work, and producing teaching aids.  Material support is given through maintenance and facility upgrades and the provision of teaching aids such as computers, books and stationary, as well as sporting equipment.


Milestones:

2010:  A volunteer program was launched to attract individuals from around the world to come to the school for extended periods to support the staff in their duties.

2011:  Drilling of a borehole and installation of a water tank.  Provision of a computer to assist lessons.

2012:  Desks made for special needs class, textbooks and exercise books, sports equipment, computers, stationery provided.

2013:  18 students in the special needs class able to return to mainstream classes as a result of their improvement over the past year.

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