Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM) has empowered community structures around Kanjiwa Community Day Secondary School to participate in the school’s affairs.
The school was experiencing minimal participation from parents and chiefs.
The school’s parents and teacher’s association chairperson Philemon Kazota said the problem affected the school’s
operations, to some extent.
He said: “Before CRECCOM empowered us, we could agree with parents and chiefs to cultivate vegetables in the
school garden, but nothing materialised.
“This was because parents and chiefs thought the head teacher only was responsible for the school’s development.”
Kanjiwa CDSS head teacher Foster Chimutu said after CRECCOM trained the school improvement plan committee, the structures realised that they were losing a lot by shunning the school’s affairs.
He said: “We noted that we had irrigation equipment FISD provided to us, but we were not using it. So, we called
parents and teachers to discuss the way forward.
“So, we opened a garden where we grew tomato, cabbages, onion, maize and mustered.”
A teacher at the school, Mabvuto Mbiri, said the garden is helping the school generate income.
“Fellow teachers from Nyagoza CDSS come to buy the vegetables,” he said.
The school has employed a security guard to protect the garden.