Zimbabwe is bracing itself for the arrival of Cyclone Freddy, a powerful storm that is expected to hit the country in the coming days. With winds of up to 140 km/h and heavy rainfall predicted, officials are taking precautions to ensure the safety of citizens, including the temporary closure of schools in the affected areas.
While many schools will be closed during the storm, boarding schools are taking a different approach. Rather than sending students home, many have opted to keep their doors open while suspending lessons for the day. The aim is to reduce the movement of learners and keep them safe, even as the storm rages outside.
This decision comes with its own set of challenges, however. Boarding schools will need to make sure that they have sufficient food, water, and medical supplies to sustain their students throughout the duration of the storm. They will also need to take steps to ensure that their buildings are strong enough to withstand the high winds and heavy rain that are expected.
Beyond these immediate concerns, the closure of schools due to the cyclone will have other effects on students and their families. For many, school is not just a place to learn but also a place to socialize and access basic services such as healthcare and food. With schools closed, these students will be cut off from these resources and may face additional hardship.
Despite these challenges, however, the decision to keep boarding schools open while suspending lessons is a responsible one that prioritizes the safety and well-being of learners. As Zimbabwe prepares for the arrival of Cyclone Freddy, it is important that all citizens take the necessary precautions to stay safe and minimize the risk of harm.