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    Bikita school names classroom block after late Pilot


    FRANK  MUDZANI 

    BIKITA – George Madanhire's death in November 2012 touched Chada Primary School community in Bikita in a big way.
    He left a legacy. He was already an orphan by the time he was doing his primary education at Chada from 1981 to 1986 and therefore lived a particularly hard life.
    He had four units at Grade 7 and won a scholarship that took him to Bulawayo for his secondary and Advanced Level Education. Madanhire remained trail-brazing and became a pilot at Air Zimbabwe before moving to Dubai where he worked as an instructor at Air Emirates.
    What touched the community back in Bikita most is that, Madanhire did not get lost in the glitter of the oil rich Dubai. He always spared a thought for home and in particular, Chada the school that laid the foundation for his future.
    At the school's prize giving day on 10 November 2017 the community remembered his benevolence in a special way by naming the Administration and Computers block after him. It was a touching moment that left many among the gathering close to tears.
    Madanhire's wife Monica Madanhire who also attended the function actually broke down during the commissioning of the block.
    "Six days before he collapsed and died in Dubai, Madanhire phoned me and asked for shoe sizes for all the 800 pupils in the school. He also asked for shoe sizes for the teaching staff as he wanted to buy them some shoes. This is how kind and considerate Madanhire was," said Thomas Chabata Chada head after the function at the school.
    Chabata told the prize-giving-day ceremony that Madanhire was paying fees for half the 800 students at the school before he died and this was after he realised the difficulties that their parents were having in raising their fees. This helped many pupils who could otherwise have dropped out of school to continue with their education.
    Madanhire also donated 3 000 books to the school library, the biggest such donation that Chada ever got. He bought uniforms for disadvantaged pupils and also sent in three bales of clothing for children from poor backgrounds.
    Madanhire who made it a point to visit the school every year had plans to build a computer block at the school hence another reason for naming a block after him.
    The admin and computer block that was built at a cost of $12 000 was commissioned by Diana Mhuru who is a teacher in Gutu and also a former student.
    Speaking at the occasion which was attended by Ward 8 Councillor Nathan Zeya, Stanley Chabata a representative of Bikita South Constituency MP Jeppy Jaboon and traditional leaders, Mhuru hailed parents for assisting in the construction of the block and said because of their efforts, Chada which is in a remote area was competing favourably with well-resourced schools. She said the completion of the block showed that people from the area were embracing development.
    The ceremony saw ECD pupils graduating and primary school pupils getting prizes for outstanding performance.
    During his presentation, the head also noted the high academic performance of the school. He said Chada which is 50km East of Nyika Growth Point in ward 8 under Chief Mukanganwi is among the best five Grade 7 schools in the district.
    The pass rates of the school in the past three years were 47,5% in 2014; with 2 pupils attaining 4 units, in 2015 the pass rate rose to 53% with 3 pupils obtaining 4 units and 2016 it further increased to a phenomenal 70% with 3 pupils scoring 4 units.
    "There is no other school in Bikita that has maintained such consistency. We are among the best five schools in the district and we are the only school in the hinterland that is in the top five as the rest are either in semi-urban settlements like Nyika or well-placed along highways," said Chabata.
    Prizes were awarded to pupils who were outstanding in areas including academic, sports, punctuality and smartness.
     "As a community we sought to remember George Madanhire by finishing what he started. He had a vision for a computer block," said Kenias Chaguma the chairman of the School Development Committee (SDC) in his speech.
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