Netone Donates to Chivero Communities
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A local chief has urged corporates to contribute to the socio-economic development of rural communities.
Chief Brown Shopo of Chivero communal lands made the call when he received a donation of a solar charger by mobile service provider NetOne at Makuvasine Primary School.
"We hope that more companies can emulate from this initiative and assist rural communities such as Chivero to rise to the level of standards that other communities have achieved, especially with regards to education.
"Our schools are increasingly becoming dilapidated and there is need for the corporate world to lend a hand. A good education system is good legacy that we can leave for our children, but right now we have nothing," said Chief Chivero.
A number of schools in outlying areas have in the past decade been facing challenges of deteriorating infrastructure due to funding constraints for rehabilitation projects.
This poses a threat to the quality of the country's overall education system since the majority of the population is based in communal areas.
Meanwhile, the donation of the solar charger to Makuvasine Primary School is the second this year following a similar donation earlier to Nyamaropa Primary School in Madziva.
Speaking on behalf of NetOne managing director Mr Reward Kangai, the company's brand manager, Mr Rutendo Chabururuka, said the solar chargers were meant for the community use at large, but were being donated to schools due to the centralisation of their location.
"We have since noticed that most communities tend to struggle in charging their phones due to lack of electricity and the long distances travelled to business centres hence the scheme to donate solar chargers.
"The charger will remain at the school and will be managed by the school head," he said.
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