HARARE - Fundo Foundation (Private) Limited (Fundo) says the institution is on course to enrolling its first Acacia Junior School (Acacia) intake next week, group chairperson Nyasha Zhou has said.
This also comes as the Exodus & Company (E&C) (Private) Limited subsidiary has announced plans to construct at least three new schools around Madokero Estates (Madokero) to serve a population of more than 2 500 families within the western Harare suburb.
“Acacia… is the first project of Fundo Foundation, an institution developed to spearhead the educational efforts of E&C… Education was seen as a strategic pillar to galvanise the… community,” Zhou said on Wednesday, adding the semi-circular buildings and classroom block designs also meant a concept of “coming together”.
“Our guiding principles of ‘Kuvimba. Hunhu. Kuzvipira’ shall drive the expected behaviour from our children.
“These principles entail the development of a disciplined child with integrity, positive behaviour and courage, which are part of the key attributes of success in life,” he said, stressing further that the school’s core values were written in Shona to give it a true Zimbabwean identity.
With the venture having been unveiled by Basic and Primary Education minister Lazarus Dokora in October last year, Zhou says technology will be a cornerstone of Acacia’s curriculum delivery and development.
The school, which serves as the fully-integrated Madokero residential complex’s foremost provider of educational facilities, may also prove to be a catchment for the adjacent Ashdown Park, Bloomingdale, Warren Park and Westgate suburbs — which are in the vicinity of the learning institution.
“In addition to the carefully selected administrative and teaching staff, the school has noted… that technology plays a key role… As such, most of the teaching from early childhood development (ECD) right through to Grade 7 will be technology-based,” the ex-PG Industries boss said, adding students will have personal computers for learning and research purposes.
“The intention… is not just to produce a good academic… but rather… a well-rounded social being, who is equipped to grow individually and contribute meaningfully in their society,” Zhou said.
Around the school’s ground-breaking ceremony last year, the Fundo chairman also disclosed that they were going to build two primaries and a secondary school to serve the Madokero and adjacent communities.
With an initial enrolment of Grades 1-3 this month, Zhou said they were expecting to expand the grades by end of 2016.
Built on nearly four hectares of land, Acacia will also offer unique subjects as Kiswahili.
Meanwhile, officials say about 95 percent of civil works at Madokero — a modern cluster set-up founded by ex-banker Exodus Makumbe situated about 4,5km from the affluent Westgate Shopping Centre — are almost complete.
This backbone infrastructure comprises roads, water and sewer reticulation systems for the many families already on site, and those who have developed their stands.
While development of the real estate complex started in August 2012, it presently consists of 1 700 free-hold residential stands ranging from 370 to 800 square metres, flats on 10 hectares, a regional shopping centre and the planned schools.
E&C, which has also earmarked a medical facility, police post, churches and community hall for the Madokero estate just 10km west of the capital, is also planning another multi-million dollar estate in Ruwa, known as Mabvazuva.
“The idea was to come up with a self-contained (residential) unit or community,” the official said, adding the eastern suburb would take the “form and shape of Madokero”.
On completion, the western Harare complex would have an economic value of $250 million as it will also encompass a light industry.