Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
MORE than 200 jobs have been created in Selous as Mother Touch Group of Schools recently embarked on their biggest school project so far, the construction of their state of the art senior school in the area.
Mother Touch Group of Schools proprietor, founder and chief executive officer Mrs Salome Mutsinze said most of the workers involved in the construction of the new school were locals from the Selous community.
“More than 200 locals have been employed, we have about 15 contractors on this project in different trades, we made sure that we add value and be relevant to the Selous community. About 80 percent of the workers are locals. Jobs have been created in the fields which include brick laying, assistant builders, fencing, general work, concreting, carpenters, and so on. We have really added value to a greater extent,” she said.
Mrs Mutsinze was addressing guests at the at the school’s silver jubilee celebrations as the educational institution marked 25 years of service to communities.
So far Mother Touch Group of Schools has invested a total of US$2.5 million into the new school project.
More will be invested as the institution expands the new school. The Group of Schools says it is aiming to be among the 20 best schools in Zimbabwe in terms of standards, academic results and the production of all-round students ready to make a contribution in various spheres of life.
Guest of honour at the silver jubilee celebrations Ms Heather Tinarwo said she was impressed with the progress made at the new school, which is set to open in January 2023.
“We are witnessing a milestone achievement for the Mother Touch Group of Schools, the opening up of the state of the art Selous Senior School. I am reliably informed that Mother Touch Group of Schools which started from humble beginnings has grown phenomenally to become a renowned brand. The school has expanded its tentacles operating centres from ECD, primary and secondary schools in Harare with another centre in Victoria Falls,” she said.
Ms Tinarwo, a banker, said Mother Touch’s success stemmed from a vision to grow coupled with good leadership and highly qualified and experienced staff.
“Let me express my sincere gratitude to the management of the group of schools particularly the visionary, proprietor and CEO for the excellent work you have done to steer the organisation to its current position. I urge you to continue on this growth trajectory to make the group of schools a force to reckon with in the Zimbabwe education sphere.
“It is pleasing to note all this excellent job was done in the last two months. I firmly believe that when schools open in January 2023 all will be on point. I am aware that the Mother Touch Group of Schools offers a wide curriculum with various academic and non-academic activities which avails more career path opportunities for the learners. I was impressed to hear during the introduction of the teachers that they are qualified and experienced with capabilities to deliver excellent results,” said Ms Tinarwo.
Officials, parents and prospective students who were present were shown a wide range of different facilities at the new school with most on the tour noting that they are modern, upmarket and provide a conducive learning environment. Some of the facilities include an Olympic size swimming pool, spacious classrooms, modern furniture and staff accommodation which is still under construction.
School authorities assured parents that the senior school which has boarding facilities will be ready to open by January 2023.