By Martin Mawaya
Church of Nazarene has started construction work on a secondary school in Ascot infill which will accommodate students from form one to six and is set to be opened early next year.
Ascot Christian College which is set to bring smiles on the face of students from Ascot, Mtapa, Mambo and the surrounding area who are walking long distance to access education in other surbubs.
Addressing church of Nazarene members and residents Mayor of Gweru councillor Josiah Makombe applauded the church for the initiative.
“I’m very excited to partner with you in your vision of building a school in this suburb.
This development shows the level of seriousness on your part as some churches who bought stands from council has yet to develop them and the land is still lying idle.
We can overcome all the challenges facing the city and the nation through education and I want to promise you that we as council will avail more stands for the development of the city so that our residents will benefit,” he explained.
Makombe applauded the adult education spearheaded by the church after a testimony from a mother who wrote her “O” Level alongside her daughter.
“ The testimony that I heard from the mother and daughter who sat for the O’Level is encouraging.
“We want that program to spread all over so that the elderly will benefit,” said he Mayor.
He pleaded with the church to help council.
“I’m pleading with you pastors to partner up with council to help solve the water crisis by drilling boreholes and that will go a long way,” he said.
Member of Parliament for Gweru Urban said the church’s vision to build schools in the country is in line with MDCA election manifesto.
“To those who have come through our election manifesto documents which says more schools are needed in the country and I want to say that investment in quality education is important to the realisation of sustainable development as enunciated in the reload document.
And also from the African Union agenda 2063, it is also emphasised in the United Nations (UN) sustainable goal number four where access to primary and secondary education is key,” he said.
Hon Dube said that Church of Nazarene vision is in line with people’s vision and the project shows that the church is walking direct into the vision of the people of Gweru.
“You choose to build a church and school for residents instead of building a house for your pastor and this decision cannot be taken lightly. It shows the love you have for your people.
“I want to implore our mayor and councillors to give churches such as this one more space to build more schools,” he said.
The District Superintended (D.S), Noah Sibanda who is the church leader in the Midlands province said he was touched to see people exodus to and from Ascot looking for schools where they can learn from.
District superintended is being assisted to fundraise for the project by Les Thomsen, who is the project fundraiser.