LILLIAN CHIKANDI writes
FORMER 2016 aspiring Chirundu council chairperson Ronald Mwiimba has still not given up on his promise to build a classroom block at the only community school in Siabulembo Village in Chirundu.
Pastor Mwiimba, during his campaigns in 2016, promised the people of Siabulembo village in chief Chipepo’s area that he would build a one by three classroom block for them.
According to him, he is now ready to construct the classroom block to fulfil the campaign promise he made in 2016.
In interview yesterday, Pastor Mwiimba said the construction of the classroom block would shorten the 2km distance which children covered to access education in the neighbouring Siamundu village.
Pastor Mwiimba said the project was not a political move but that he wanted to fulfill the promise he had made to the people in 2016.
“After looking at the plight of children especially the girl child and considering the long distances they cover, for sure there is need to build a decent community school in the area,
“I am appealing to well-wishers and other parents to volunteer and contribute the little they have to complete the project,” he said.
Pastor Mwiimba told the parents not to lose hope continue with the good work so that the children could be educated and have good morals inculcated in them.
And senior headman Fanwell Siabulembo said parents in the village felt pity for their children who walked long distances to access the only community school in Simaundu village.
The headman was saddened that most children did not attend classes and that had caused many children to remain uneducated.
“Lack of education among the children of Siabulembo Village has increased the number of child marriages in the area,” he said.
And school project chairman Previous Sianyanga said as parents they sacrificed and tirelessly worked together so that the community could pride itself with a good school infrastructure.
Mr Sianyanga said it was not easy for parents to sacrifice their little money despite the economic hardships.
He appealed to government come on board and with help the construction of the school.
And project secretary, Boniface Nsambilo, appealed to the district leadership to encourage and motivate the Siabulembo community to achieve their goals.
Mr Nsambilo said Siabulembo community school only had two volunteer teachers against 180 pupils from grade 1 to 4 and were using one building while other pupils were learning under a tree.
Meanwhile, a teacher, Mr Already Siachaba, said he started teaching at the school in 2016 and that the community lacked proper learning infrastructure and were forced to use the Seventh-Day Adventist Church (SDA) building.