Zimbabwe’s New “Easy Build School Block Scheme” Launched to Revolutionize School Infrastructure

By Panashe Gwesu

Over 100 school authorities across Zimbabwe’s provinces are applauding Barmlo Construction Powerhouse for its initiative, the zero-interest building credit facility known as the “Easy Build School Block Scheme.”

The scheme was launched in Harare yesterday by Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Dr. Torerayi Moyo.

Speaking at the event, Reverend Nyakudya, a leader at the rapidly growing private school Alpha and Omega in Zvishavane, shared his school’s journey. Initially starting with just six students and operating from rented houses, the school has seen its student population grow to 600.

Nyakudya attributes this growth to divine intervention and highlights the crucial role of Barmlo’s initiative.

“Today, I stand here testifying to this initiative launched by the ministry. The issue of facilities was our major concern when we started our private school in Zvishavane. We encountered many challenges with renting houses, and the situation became worse as the number of students increased. More blocks were needed, and this is when the initiative came in. We now have a center number due to the quality of the new blocks,” said Nyakudya.

Chawonza Shonai, deputy principal of Roots Academy in Mutoko’s Makosa Village, echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the scheme’s timely arrival.

“We are a school operating in the rural area of Mutoko in Makosa Village. We have a passion for educating the community, but the issue of building facilities and school blocks has been a major challenge. I hope this idea will accommodate those of us from rural areas,” Shonai said.

During his address, Minister Moyo praised the initiative and called upon the private sector to collaborate with the government to improve school infrastructure, aligning with the National Development Strategy 1.

“Allow me to officially launch a credit facility for school infrastructure development, the Easy Build School Block Scheme. I am thrilled to invite schools to take advantage of this unique opportunity. This scheme aligns well with the vision of His Excellency, The President Dr. E.D. Mnangagwa,” said Minister Moyo.

“The government cannot achieve sustainable development on its own. Development is made possible through public-private partnerships, as they play a crucial role in achieving Vision 2030 by leveraging the resources, expertise, and innovation of both the public and private sectors to drive sustainable development,” he added.

Minister Moyo also highlighted the inadequacy of school facilities in Zimbabwe and the need for collective efforts to enhance the education system.

“Education is the cornerstone of progress, and it is our responsibility to ensure that every child has access to high-quality education. However, the lack of adequate infrastructure has remained a significant hurdle for many schools, especially those in disadvantaged areas. Recognizing this challenge, Barmlo has developed a solution that will enable schools to build their facilities with zero deposit,” he said.

Barmlo was established by Dr. Banabasi Marambire, the current Chief Executive Officer of the construction powerhouse.

Dr. Marambire firmly believes in the pivotal role of education in Zimbabwe and has expanded the organization’s reach to Botswana and Zambia. His commitment to education extends to supporting underprivileged children by offering scholarships up to the tertiary level, underscoring the profound significance of accessible education for all.

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