Dozens of pupils escaped death when a one by three community school block collapsed in Mwinilunga district shortly after the pupils went for break in Chief Chibwika’s area.
Comfirming the sad development to Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview, Chibwika UPND ward councillor, Fordwell Chikondu, said no one was hurt when Muwozi community school collapsed due to the heavy rains experienced in the area.
“ Muwozi community school has collapsed in my ward due to the heavy rains we experienced in the area,” he said.
Councillor Chikondu explained to ZANIS that the pupils have been left in the cold and without a school.
However, the councillor said arrangements have been made for the pupils to start learning in a near by church building.
Councillor Chikondu has appealed for assistance from the Ministry of Education to assist by rebuilding the community school soon.
He noted that at the moment the community has no financial strength to build a new community school without the assistance of the government.
The councillor said the community school in question has played a major role in breaking illiteracy levels among the pupils in the area.
Meanwhile Councillor Chikondu has appealed to the World Food Programe (WFP) to consider allocating relief aid to Chibwika ward.
Councillor Chikondu explained that families have been hit with hunger following last year’s floods that affected the area.
“In my ward people are suffering because of last year’s floods. We need to be assisted with relief aid,” he said.
The councillor maintained that the relief aid will assist to cushion the hunger situation in the area.
He said some families are walking long distances in the quest to source food from the chief’s palaces.
“Some families are walking long distances just to look for food from the chiefs’ palaces. The situation is bad,” he noted.