Crowhill Primary School ECD Block Construction Project

Sat Apr 06, 2019

Background

African Century Limited (ACL) is the leading provider of asset finance and banking solutions in Zimbabwe. In line with ACL’s thrust to transform lives and empower communities, ACL identified Crowhill Primary School as a beneficiary of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Below are some facts about Crowhill Primary School:

  1. The school was founded in 1947 to cater mainly for farm workers and general workers within the Borrowdale Brooke vicinity.
  2. Located within a catchment area of new residential suburbs namely Crowhill, Sally Mugabe Heights, Hatcliffe and Charlotte Brooke.
  3. This has meant that enrollment at the school has continued to rise over the years. At present there are 1,093 pupils enrolled at the school; 538 boys and 555 girls
  4. The growth in numbers has heightened the need for additional classrooms to house the students in a conducive learning environment
  5. When ACL first visited the school, some classes were being held out in the open due to the growing school population. Although the admin block had since been converted to a classroom block, there were still classes being held out in the open due to overcrowding.

The Journey

In 2016, African Century Limited ACL embarked on a project to build a modern, Early Childhood Development (ECD) classroom block for the school to cater for the most vulnerable age group of learners. The plan was to construct an ECD block comprising of 2 classrooms with adjoining ablution facilities. Each classroom was to accommodate 30 children at a time, thereby accommodating a total of 60 learners within the new facility.

Implementation of the Project

The school provided ACL with a plan of the proposed classroom block for ECD classes which had been approved by the Ministry of Secondary and Primary Education. The plan was crafted by a qualified Architect and certified engineers. A ground breaking ceremony was held at the school on Friday 21st October 2016 amid much fanfare and excitement.

Construction of the ECD block began in earnest on the 24th of October 2016, and the project was successfully completed and handed over to the school authorities on the 9th of February 2018. An official opening ceremony was held on the 20th of March 2018, with the handover of the ECD block being made by the founding partner of African Century Group, Mr. Jonathan Chenevix-Trench.

One of ACL’s values is Responsiveness. Staff at ACL therefore responded to the plight of the school by donating personal funds and hosting fundraising activities in order to contribute to the overall cost of the project. The Crowhill primary School classroom block was therefore constructed and built using funds donated by African Century Limited and its employees.

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