by Brid Dunne, Trócaire Education officer
Upon arriving at Amazon school in the Insiza District, our Zimbabwean colleague, Walter, summed up our overall feeling: “30 years after independence and this is a school”.
Only one classroom had four walls. Friday’s lessons were still on the board as Orpah, the teacher, showed us around.
“This is the kinder garden area for 45 children”, she said, pointing to an open space with no roof.
Grade 3 were learning number sets. I noted how 35 children squeezed into 8 benched desks.