RURAL SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

To increase the capacity of these schools to offer higher learning possibilities to their pupils.


Monde Primary School is located 20km from Victoria Falls Township, and its current enrolment is 311 kids from the age of 5 to 14 years. Most of the kids at this school are orphaned and cannot afford to pay school fees. The school has three terms in a year from January to March, May to July and September until November.  The school has a total of 7 classrooms and 8 grades, from grade zero to grade seven.  There are 8 teachers in the school including the head and deputy head of the school.  Monde primary is a community school and teachers are not always available for all grades whilst resources and funding are very limited.  This is the closest primary school for the Monde area, and some kids have to walk 8km to get there.  

Chikamba Primary School opened it January of 2013 and is located between Jambezi and Kanywambizi areas.  It was established mainly to shorten the distance travelled by pupils to the other two schools in the region.  The school caters for grades zero to 5 with an enrolment of 65pupils.  There are 9 orphans at the school. Currently there are 4 teachers holding classes in temporary thatched structures that were built by the community.

Simakade Primary School was established in 1959.  Due to political instability the school was shut down in 1975 and reopened in 1980.  Major development began in 2009 with the construction of teacher’s cottages, 4 classrooms and toilet facilities. The school has a total enrolment of 171 pupils, over 50% of which are orphans.  The school is challenged by lions and elephants passing through the school, a particular concern given that many classes are undertaken outside due to a lack of classroom space.  The school has a total of 8 teachers, 4 of which are volunteer teachers from the local community.

Neluswi Primary School was established in 1932 when pupils would learn under trees, although a thatched hut would act as an office for the school.  In 1967 two classroom blocks were built which had four rooms in total. The staff cottages where later constructed by the community.  The school caters for children from the surrounding community within Jambezi ward and has 558 pupils.  In this number of pupils there is a high number of orphans included as a result of the HIV /AIDS pandemic.


Milestones:        

2011:  A volunteer program was launched to attract individuals from around the world to come to Monde school for extended periods to act as teaching assistants, and therefore support the school’s staff in their duties.

2012:  A refurbishment program was commenced at Monde School that included repainting of school building.  A computer and printer were donated to Monde School along with stationary and sports equipment.

2013:  Refurbishment of Monde School continued with further repainting of school buildings, the installation of security systems to protect the school’s educational assets and the provision of new classroom furniture.  Text books and stationary were provided, and the school fees of the most at risk children were paid.

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