Communities in this area were forcibly displaced by the filling of Lake Kariba between 1958 and 1963
Being in a very remote area and a minority tribe in the country, infrastructure support for these Tonga tribes from authorities has been limited under the economic hardships within the country’s recent history
Tourism is one of the economic activities in the area, but only with a small number of establishments like Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, livelihoods largely remains dependant on subsistence farming, resulting in little time and/or resources for parents to improve their children’s education
A high level of human-wildlife conflict in the area, along with arid soil condition result in alarming levels of poaching and exploitation of natural resources, deemed as unsustainable in maintaining a healthy ecological balance in the future
Through partnering with the Mangwara Community to raise the standard of education resources at the primary school, we aim to empower the community to provide future options for their children's futures
Since opened in 2012 Mangwara Primary School has never had fully constructed classroom blocks, but used mud, thatched roof structures to run lessons within. In 2018 the school enrolled 334 students and has 9 teachers employed to care and guide the student’s lessons.
- The school needs four school blocks to cater for ECD (Early Childhood Development) A-Grade. They are currently using grass thatched sheds as classroom blocks. The school has building materials on the ground; roofing sheets, trusses ridges, dump coarse, brick force, window frames, doors frames, doors, locks & nails. The material is adequate for two classroom blocks with closets.
- Teachers’ Cottage: The teachers currently use 6 grass thatched huts. However, an eight roomed house is under construction and is at plastering level.
- Toilets: The school currently has 12 squat hole toilets but needs an additional 8. Teaching staff have 1 squat hole toilet. The staff cottage has no toilets, there is need of 2 squat hole toilets here.
- Water: The school has no permanent source of water and relies on a community borehole, which is about 700 metres away. There is also a natural spring which is about 800 metres away from the school but the source is not recommend for school use.
- Classroom furniture: The school has sixty 3 seater desks which accommodate only 180 pupils, the other 154 sits on the ground and write on floor surfaces or flat stones. There is need for more furniture. There is no furniture for the teachers. The school needs about 8 chairs and 8 tables for the teachers.
- Textbooks: The ratio of pupils to textbooks is 1:10, which hinders the pass rate. There is a need to purchase textbooks for the whole school, which are aligned with the recently updated curriculum in Zimbabwe.
- Construction of the 2-classroom block (US$24 700). Most of the material is available at the school.
- Purchase of Classroom furniture for pupils (US$5 280).
- Purchase of School Textbooks (US$4 800)Total estimated costs for upgrading Mangwara Primary School = US$35 320