SAINT CLARET SCHOOL
On the 10th January 2017, St. Claret Chiutsi Primary opened its doors. From the beginning of the Claretian Presence in Zimbabwe, the Congregation understood that education is a fundamental field in which to plant the values of the Gospel and the seeds of the Claretian spirituality. Therefore, after a long process of trying to search for which is the best possible way to improve the educative conditions of the poorest and always listening carefully to the opinions and requests from the local community, in 2015 we began the official process for opening a Primary School.
Helped by the Spanish NGO Manos Unidas as well as Proclade Betica and Proclade Canarias in 2016, we started the building up of the first two blocks in an area named Chiutsi, where some children were already receiving some lessons under some trees in very hard conditions. This area is under Zhomba Mission therefore the pastoral team of the Mission is at the same time the pastoral team of the school.
St. Claret Chiutsi Primary is still growing. Today, the school has already 4 blocks of 2 classrooms each one, toilets for children and teachers, 2 houses for our teachers. There are facilities for drinking water; the whole perimeter is fenced… but of course the best part of our school is the 450 children who are receiving their lessons and not to forget the committed teachers and other staff who are doing wonderful work .
We are trying to make our school an evangelizing platform caring for the pastoral life of the school whilst always paying attention to translating in our own context, the indications of the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishop Conference and the proposals coming from the Congregation in order to grow in Claretian spirit.