Huddling up in one corner of a dilapidated classroom block when it rains to sitting on the ground and bricks in class, that was a normal way of life for 170 students of Chemhondoro high school in Shamva district. Having seen the severe plight of these children, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe with funding from the Japanese embassy will be implementing a project titled "The Project for improvement for the Educational Environment at Chemhondoro Secondary School in Shamva District" which will see the construction of a classroom block and 2 teachers houses at the school, renovation of a classroom block and completion of a toilet block
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Chemhondoro Secondary School in December 2016, DAPP Partnership Director Mathias Paradzai said, “ DAPP Zimbabwe has been promoting education since 1980. It is from this background that the Chemhondoro school headmaster approached us to make an application to the Japanese Embassy on their behalf. Together we cam came up with a winning proposal that impressed the Japanese Embassy"
He added that "Education is one of the key pillars of our work and this partnership commits us to work together more closely towards our common goal of bringing development in this community through pursuing the provision of quality education in a conducive learning environment”
Speaking at the same occasionMr Dabide Tsunakake, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Japan to Zimbabwe notedthat the Embassy of Japan places great emphasis on the provision of basic human needs such as the right to a decent education. He also expressed his hope that the project would be successfully implemented with the support from community members.