By Nicole Kumbula | Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
The second and third quarter of 2023 came with amazing progress on the building front at our permanent USAP Community School campus just outside of Marondera. We are more than proud of the construction team and the headway they have made as most academic and student residential buildings have walls up and a few already have roofs. We continue to plough ahead, this time with certainty that we will hit our target to start the academic year at the permanent campus in Marondera, Zimbabwe come January 2024.
The phase 1 construction project is made up of three groups of buildings: academic,student residences and staff residences. In the academic area, which make up the central part of the campus we have the classroom block, science labs and dining hall. The superstructure on the classroom block and science lab has been completed and the roof structure is being installed. It is on this roof structure that the actual roof will then be placed, a process which will happen by the end of September. For the dining hall the concrete columns are close to 90% completion; from there the constructors will move to the rest of the superstructure.
Turning to student residences: for the three on the boys side, the most advanced residence pictured above has a roof on already. The other two are in the process of their roof structure being installed. We expect these two remaining boys student residents to have roofs in the next two weeks. On the girls side, of the three residences, two are ready to receive the roof structure and the third one will be ready within a week. Finally, for staff residences, the most advanced just had brickwork started, while, rest of them are at the slab level (floor slabs being poured).
We continue with our capital campaign to fundraise to complete Phase One of our permanent campus as we aim to begin 2024 with our next class on our own intentionally-built and sustainable campus. Many thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support that is making it possible for us to reach this momentous goal!
By Rebecca Zeigler Mano | Director, Education Matters
2023 has seen tremendous progress for the building of USAP Community School as we moved forward with our target to move onto the permanent campus in Marondera, Zimbabwe in 2024. We are proud of the progress we have made as our central campus has begun to take shape.
Since they began brickwork in January 2023, the construction crew has made significant headway.There are 17 buildings currently under construction on the main campus broken down as follows : a classroom block of three classrooms, the main dining hall, two science labs, six student residences and eight staff residences. Most buildings are now at slab level and are in the process of being backfilled and contained for services. The most advanced building is the classroom block which has reached lintel level.
We continue with our capital campaign to fundraise to complete Phase One of our permanent campus as we aim to begin 2024 with our next class on our own intentionally-built and sustainable campus. Many thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support that is making it possible for us to reach this goal.
In the meantime, our students are holding up their part of the bargain and remain determined and hard working as school continues with our third and fourth cohorts on our rented campus in Goromonzi. . Eighteen students from the USAP Community School have been awarded full scholarshios worth over US$5,500,500 to study at top U.S. colleges and universities starting in August 2023. We have attached the photo showing the 16 universities our students will be attending. Others are waiting to hear from Mastercard Scholarship Programs at universities in Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda.
By Rebecca Zeigler Mano | Director, Education Matters
Clearing and uprooting trees at building site
Happy New Year!
2023 is a big year for us as we move boldly forward to build the permanent campus for the USAP Community School, just outside of Marondera, Zimbabwe. After the monthlong stipulated end of year holiday shut down for construction, we are now back in full swing with back hoes and tractors and lots of piles of bricks on site.
We have made significant progress with finishing laying out all of the buildings for our campus, which includes classrooms and labs, the dining hall, girls and boys residences and teachers' houses. The construction crew has begun brickwork and pouring of foundations for the central campus, as the work continues.
We are still on track to begin 2024 with our next class on this permanent, intentionally-built and sustainable campus. Our fundraising continues intensively to keep us on track for building completion by the end of this year. Thank each and every one of you for your continued support which is leading us to this goal.
In the meantime, our students are holding up their part of the bargain and remain determined and hard working. We have attached our recent excellent AS and A level exam results as one of their achievements for which we are very proud.
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