President Mnangwagwa pats church on back for schools
Mutare, March 8, 2023 (New Ziana) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa
applauded the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church on Wednesday for
championing development in the education sector, where it is heavily
investing in new schools.
Officiating at a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of
boarding facilities at St Noah College, he said a country is only able
to develop if its citizens lead the development agenda.
“We are the custodians of this country and its development is dependent
on its own citizens. The people are responsible for their own
development and should not expect their country to be developed by
others. Since the inception of the school development drive by Johanne
Marange church, with St Noah being the first, we have seen the church
grow in leaps and bounds through the construction of various other
schools across the country. They have covered all provinces and as such
we are much pleased because they have shifted from the dependency
syndrome and taken responsibility of their own development,” President
Government's development thrust is anchored on harnessing local
resources first, and looking for external assistance a distant second.
This has seen a host of locally-funded projects, such as dams,
irrigation schemes, schools, clinics and roads, among other things,
being constructed over the last four years.
Speaking on behalf of the church and school, St Noah School Development
Committee chairperson, David Chimbadzwa said the church under the
leadership of St Nimrod Taguta in collaboration with the Government has
taken a stance to prioritize education as evidenced by the establishment
of top notch schools across the province and the country at large.
“The church is blessed with a number of skilled artisans and we have
taken it upon ourselves to develop our own schools to best set
standards. The church under the astute leadership of St Nimrod has
dedicated its time and skill to the construction and completion of
school development projects as evidenced by 26 schools under the church
across the country,” said Chimbadzwa.
St Noah College opened its doors in January 2012. It comprises both
primary and secondary schools on one campus.
The school was named after the late Noah Taguta who was the leader of
the Johane Marange Apostolic Church in Zimbabwe.
To date, the Johanne Marange church has 10 operational schools and 16
schools still under construction, to which the President pledged USD100
000 and 12 trucks.
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