CITW Zambezi Pays Tribute to a Local Teaching Hero

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to a truly inspirational lady: Mrs Dube, who is retiring as Head Teacher of St Mary’s Primary School.  

In honour of all the amazing work Mrs Dube has done for the school, we wanted to show our immense appreciation, and honoured her with a small presentation. She made an incredible thank you speech, and we enjoyed a beautifully heart-warming farewell song from some of the children at the school.

Throughout her time at the school, Mrs Dube’s goal was to better the lives of the students. She has always believed that children are the heritage and future of the nation, and she has tirelessly and selflessly strived to impart life-changing educational skills – effectively and efficiently. During her time at St Mary’s she went above and beyond to ensure that the children’s needs were put first, and that all Children in the Wilderness-sponsored projects were carried out to their greatest potential.

She was a strong and wise leader, and it is because of her that St Mary’s has become the special school that it is today.  Mrs Dube will be sorely missed. However we have every faith that her successor will be just as good, and continue to help us make a difference for the children of Zimbabwe.

Mrs Dube recently shared this letter of thanks with CITW.

“I want to convey my sincere gratitude to you, the Grand Circle Foundation and CITW, for the wonderful work you did for St Mary’s Primary School when I was still head of the school. You put up a lot of developments to the school in the form of renovating the classrooms, building a library, buying computers, furniture, books and agriculture equipment. You put up a fence around the school and put a solar pump. 

“You paid, and are still paying, fees for some disadvantaged learners. There are four teachers paid for by you, alleviating the shortage of teachers. Once in a while you bought mealie meal and soya porridge for the learners when we had drought.

“The visitors brought with them some individual gifts in the form of balls, pens, pencils, and exercise books that we distributed to the learners. And teaching and learning material which assisted the teachers. Some poor learners were bought uniforms and shoes by the visitors. The list is long for what the school benefited from CITW. “I have all the reasons to be grateful. I was rated as one of the innovative head teachers because of what CITW did for the school. Once more, thank you very much for helping the school during my tenure. You made me a heroine and I retired a happy former head teacher. Please continue helping the school. Thank you very much good friends of St Mary’s Primary School”.

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