By Abigirl Tembo
Government has acknowledged the role being played by the church in providing quality education through mission schools.
This came out during celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Monte Cassino Girls High School in Macheke this Saturday.
The celebrations began with a mass, which was presided over by His Grace the Archbishop of Harare Robert Christopher Ndlovu, who appealed to the youths to desist from drugs.
Said the Archbishop, “And to you the parents – your responsibility does not end with paying fees. You are a part of the child’s formative years. Don’t undo what the teachers are doing during the holidays.”
Monte Cassino high school headmistress, Sister Consolata Kunaka thanked government for its continued support to the school.
“We strive to ensure that today’s child find a place in the modern society and we would like to thank you for the A Level block which was built under your guidance. A bridge has been constructed and our road is in the process of being tarred and for that we are grateful,” she said.
“This school has over the years managed to provide holistic development of the girl child and it continues empowering the girl child who had been marginalised,” noted Ropafadzo Gandidzanwa, the Head Girl.
Guest of Honour at the celebrations, Vice President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga commended the church for providing quality education.
“There is no doubt that the majority of our leaders are products of missionary education. As you may be aware, government through visionary leadership of the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is currently implementing the National Development Strategy One. This is the first five-year economic blueprint towards the attainment of our national vision of an empowered and prosperous upper middle-income society by 2030.
“The vision identifies human capital development and innovation as key to creating a society that is able to develop tangible goods and services. Therefore, education is key to the development of our economy by producing relevant demand skills for our industry, commerce and the public sector.”
The celebrations, which were also attended by the Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, Most Reverend Paolo Rudelli, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education officials as well as members of the Monte Cassino Old Girls Association, also coincided with Vice President Chiwenga’s 66th birthday.