MASVINGO – FormerVictoria High students have donated 100 desks and chair sets worth US$4 000 to their old school.
The furniture was handed over during a small function held at the school yesterday. The function was also attended by the acting Provincial Education Director Ms Mhike and her deputy Mr Hove.
The 1990 school head girl and a member of the Victoria Old Students Association (VICOSA), Remina Makaya Chitengu thanked all old students for their support to the objective of raising the standards of the school again. She described the commitment and passion of the old students as amazing.
Victoria High head Engelbert Chimbwari confirmed the donation to The Mirror.
“We received the donation and I’m really grateful. What makes me more excited is we share the same vision with the alumni,” said Chimbwari.
The VICOSA executive committee is making strides in transforming the school back to its old glory after years of decline with numerous projects either completed or in progress.
The chairman of the committee is Danidzirai Makamure, vice chair is Dr Joyce Makusha Tagarisa, the secretary is Jephat Mupandi, treasurer Vongai Tugwete, UK representative Manenji Mhiribidi, Australia rep Barbra Mahlamvana Canada rep Chipo Nwakwubei, SA rep Wedzerai Mhunduru.
Ordinary committee members are John Manyanga, Chipo Mafunga, Penny Austin Chris Somerai, Elmon Mataruse and Palmer Mugavha.
Chimbwari mentioned Fungayi Chingombe and her UK chapter for their outstanding work in the desks project.
“Old Victorians in Zimbabwe, SA, Canada, Australia, UK, USA, UAE and all over the world have worked tirelessly to support and improve the learning experience of our current and future students. This is the first batch of 106 desk and chair sets for a target of 300 sets. The remaining set will be delivered in due course,” said Makaya.
This initiative was started by Mzingwane former Boy’s High in April last year and Victoria High School Old Students adopted it in April this year.
Victoria High Old Students from across the globe paid US$40 or R700 directly to the manufacturer and got branded sets.
The work done so far by the committee includes repainting school blocks, installation of whiteboards in all classrooms, purchase of plumbing material, procuring dining hall furniture, acquiring brand new furniture for the staff room, 100 brand new mattresses, sinking a borehole at Fort House Hostel, renovation of beds and chairs as well as delivery of the water project to supply hostels and to irrigate sports fields.