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Books for the world report from Zimbabwa
Good afternoon Shirley 
 
I have just returned from 2 weeks in Zimbabwe, and was able to make the presentation of the books that we collected from the centre. You will recall that we had shown the senior school some pictures of the books in order to gauge their requirements, and were told to bring whatever we could lay our hands on. This we did, and a pallet of boxed books duly made its way on our truck to the mine and from there to the school. I then arranged for a hand-over on Friday 23rd September.
 
Upon arriving at the school I was a tad surprised to see that the books had been carefully unpacked and laid out on display, complete with flowers! There was a huddle of teachers going through them and it was clear that this was going to be a lot more formal than I had anticipated. Sure enough, the Headmaster informed me that the local Chief, the District Schools Inspector, various Government representatives etc. etc. would all be present (I was severely underdressed in shorts and khaki shirt), and after the assembled children sang the National Anthem, and some introductory words by the Headmaster, the DSI delivered a heartfelt vote of thanks to both the mine and the donors. Shirley - it would have made you proud to see the excitement that the books generated.The thirst for knowledge is immense, and the school informed me that with this donation they now felt confident that they could offer A-level Physics and Chemistry  to their students next year. Wonderful.
 
It is also worth noting that the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education has just (in September) launched their STEM programme (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) so these books are entirely appropriate and the timing could not have been better. And they will need more - I have plenty of schools in the District that are in a similar state of need.
 
I have attached a few photographs and will forward the letter of thanks from the Headmaster when it arrives.
 
Thank you to all at Rotary and keep those books coming!
 
Regards
 
Grant Hudson
 
The books being unwrapped at the mine
 
From L -to -R: the Sciences teacher, the Mine Manager, Senator Chief Marozva, Council Member Mr. Mapeture and the Headmaster
 
 
 
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