The government says it is critical that students from rural schools get the same opportunities as their peers in towns to reduce their marginalization and improve on pass rates.

Rural schools often lack basic infrastructure and basic services such as water, classroom blocks and information communication gadgets, while the unavailability of affordable and hygienic sanitary wear is another major challenge for the girl child in rural communities.

Having realised the difficulties facing the students in rural communities, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services mobilised 300 sanitary wear kits, containing reusable sanitary pads, a sewing kit, 140 pairs of school sports kit and t-shirts, among others to assist Gombakomba primary and secondary schools in rural Mutare.

Handing over the donation, Minister Mutsvangwa said the assistance is part of efforts ensure girls have access to healthy sanitary wear that is scarce and not affordable to most of them in rural communities.

“The government seeks to ensure same opportunities for school children in towns and those in rural areas. As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, we need to honour all women and young girls. Lack of access to sanitary wear is one of the challenges facing the girl child in rural communities,” she said.

The Minister also said the schools feeding programme is one projects that shows the government’s commitment towards addressing the welfare of students in rural communities, but highlighted need to upgrade the standards of learning at Gombakomba secondary school.

“There is need to construct more buildings at the school and position the learning institution to enhance skills development initiatives. The construction of science and commuter laboratories is a must in order to lay a solid foundation for our students,” she said.

The school authorities and students hailed the assistance by Minister Mutsvangwa and development partners supporting her noble cause, highlighting that any form of assistance is important for the development of the school and welfare of poor children.

Te minister, who learnt at Gombakomba primary school, stressed the need for school authorities not to promote laziness in order to provide a bright future for students as she also shares a humble background with most of the people.