As stakeholders in the Education sector, we have been watching with abated breath the experiences that students at Charles Lwanga school in Chimanimani have been going through during the Cyclone Idai event.
Now the government has said they are considering relocating the school to a higher safer spot. This would ensure that there will not be a repeat of what happened last month. It’s not yet clear what that relocation will entail but it will probably involve some buildings being rebuilt on another spot.
This is just the government mulling options and does not in any way represent a concrete plan to relocate. Relocation would require massive amounts of money. Right now education related structures and material worth at $10 million was destroyed in the cyclone. The government has only been able to allocate $4 million towards reconstruction.
The school is also run by the Catholic church. The church will have to agree for the school to be moved and that involves consulting with a lot of stakeholders within itself. For this reason, it is unlikely this relocation will happen anytime soon if at all.
What happened at St Charles Lwanga
The students and their staff went through a hellish ordeal after Cyclone Idai struck their school. The cyclone left two of them dead: one student and one staff member. They had to carry these bodies as they walked to the rescue point.
There will be a need to ensure these St Charles Luwanga pupils that endured unimaginable trauma get psychological care. What they witnessed and endured will break any adults, let alone children. Let's all unite as we support those who have taken the brunt of #cycloneidai pic.twitter.com/mihEu8GBDA
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 18, 2019
#CycloneIdai A teacher from Charles Lwanga Mission School in Chimanimani now admitted at Chipinge hospital narrates their heart-rending ordeal after Cyclone Idai struck at the school pic.twitter.com/toKK5IzBze
— ZBC News Online (@ZBCNewsonline) March 18, 2019
They were eventually reunited with their parents
JUST IN: Charles Lwanga Secondary School students reunite with parents pic.twitter.com/YxHyaIW3TG
— ZBC News Online (@ZBCNewsonline) March 19, 2019