Japan has developed 18 schools in Gokwe North constituency under its joint programme with Seventh Day Adventist-run Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
While speaking at the handover ceremony of the schools, Japanese Deputy head of mission to Zimbabwe, Kenichi Kasahara said:
The main purpose of this project was not to build new buildings. It was for every boy and girl in your communities to have a good education. And I am glad to hear that the communities were in the driving seat of this project, providing labour and building materials.
It shows the importance you attach to the education of children. I hope that through the new facilities, the new awareness you have gained through the training sessions, as well as the income-generating activities, the schools will be well managed and the sound education of all boys and girls in your communities will be assured.
The project in Gokwe targets areas where there is no proper school infrastructure and pupils learn under trees.
Primary and Secondary Education deputy minister Edgar Moyo had this to say:
Gokwe North, with these four schools, has made this giant step of addressing infrastructure deficit evident through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for the education project and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, who answered to the clarion call.