By Archford Chirimudombo
MARONDERA-As various sectors in the country join Government in its development trajectory an apostolic sect church in Murehwa is set to construct a primary school in Musoni Village, Ward 10.
The development will see learners from surrounding villages who were walking six kilometres, also benefitting as they will no-longer walk long distances to get to the nearest school.
Johane Marange Apostolic Church recently held a ground-breaking ceremony to build St Arnold’s 4 Primary School.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Secretary for the Johane Marange schools, John Rungwe said they were ready to contribute to the country’s development as shown by their intentions to construct the primary learning institution.
“As a church, we work closely with the governing party because we are committed to play our part in issues of national development. We want to be involved in matters that touch people’s lives and our appeal is not to be left out in all Government programmes.
“We faced challenges here and there to get this land where we will build the primary school but the ruling party officials intervened and helped remove the bottlenecks that threatened this project. There are people out there in public offices who want to derail Government efforts and it is our hope that those people will be reined in as their behaviour stalls development and undermines the aspirations of the Second Republic’s Vision 2030,” Rungwe said.
St Arnold’s 4 Primary School coordinator Isiah Chigariro took a swipe at Murehwa RDC Chief Executive Officer Alois Gurajena and some of his senior officials for dragging their feet in approving the school’s plan.
He said: “The attitude of some officials in Government offices is bad for development. The council chief executive and some officials at councils delayed the processing of our papers,” he said adding that the church insisted in meeting all procedures.
“We insisted that we will follow the proper procedures and thankfully, we managed to be where we wanted without bribing anyone. Something must be done because there could be many people whose efforts to bring development in the district are being hampered by such kind of attitude.”
The school, with a projected enrolment of more than 1 000, is expected to open its doors to learners at the beginning of the school calendar next year in January.
Chigariro said the expected enrolment figure was informed by the statistics for other Johane Marange Apostolic Church in Mutoko and Mudzi.
“We believe that we will be in a position to enrol at least 1 500 once the school opens its doors next year. Basing on the capacity of our other sister schools, I think this is a realistic target. St Arnold 1 in Mutoko has approximately 1 200 students while St Arnold 2 in Mudzi has 1 700 pupils. There are plans to construct St Arnold’s 3 in Uzumba,” he said.
He added that the sect is constructing schools with the Second Republic’s Vision 2030 in mind.
“We want to complement Government efforts in the education sector and the church has already had ground breaking ceremonies for 15 other schools throughout the country in the past two months,” Chigariro said.
Murehwa North legislator, Daniel Garwe who was represented by Wellington Kademeteme hailed the church for its commitment and initiatives that help in nation building.
He said: “Through the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS-1), the Government is prioritizing quality and affordable education for learners and other vulnerable groups. It is pleasing to note that Johane Marange Apostolic Church is working closely with Government to fulfil the Vision 2030 aspirations.”
Several resources that were donated to be channelled towards the construction of the school included door frames and window panes for all classrooms, US$8 750, 146 tonnes of cement, 40 000 face bricks, a full block of common bricks while other individuals pledged to install free Wifi and do electrical tubing for the administration block.