Beitbridge ECD teacher collapses, dies

 Fadzayi Precious Muniya 

Beitbridge- A dark cloud has fallen over St Joseph Primary School in Beitbridge where one of the Early Child Development (ECD) pioneer teachers Shelter Chinodya nee Mundlazi (47) has died. 

She collapsed at her Dulivhadzimu house on Wednesday morning and was taken to Beitbridge District Hospital where she later died. 

Family members said she struggled with high blood pressure for a long time. 

“Our hearts are heavy, she has left a huge vacuum in the family,” said former Ward 3 councillor and uncle Gift Nyoni. 

Tragedy struck the family at around 6am when the women was preparing to go to work. 

“She was rushed to Beitbridge District Hospital where she was pronounced dead on admission,” said Nyoni. 

There was a sombre atmosphere at her house where scores of mourners gathered to pay homage. Burial arrangements were still being finalised. 

Chinodya along with other senior educators in Beitridge are credited with successfully introducing the Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes a few years ago. 

ECD includes children up to age the age of eight years on the premise that a successful transition to primary school depends not only on the child’s school readiness, but also on the readiness of schools to adapt to the specific needs of young learners in the early grades. 

Chinodya served at St Joseph Primary School from 2010 up to her time of death. She is survived by her children Marceline and Marshall Mundlazi.

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