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.
We are super excited to share great news from USAP Community School!
We are happy to announce that we have finally received requisite regulatory approvals to start the construction of our permanent USAP Community School campus in the beautiful town of Marondera, Zimbabwe located some 70km east of the capital, Harare. Although we opened the USAP Community School in January 2020, we have been operating at a rented temporary facility in Goromonzi Zimbabwe while waiting for regulatory approvals to commence construction. We faced encountered delays in the regulatory process due to limited operational capacity in planning departments brought by the onset ofCOVID19.
At the time of writing, land clearance is currently taking place in preparation for groundbreaking and construction of the school in the next month. We thank you for all your ongoing support in making this vision come to life.
All funds raised via this this project have given us a head start and will be used in the construction of the school. We continue to fundraise for the construction project as we still have of a gap of $1.9 million to finish our project. Join us by donating here
Be on the lookout for progress reports of construction and many other news on our school.
We believe strongly that our students' education needs build on African culture, history, literature and heritage. Africa Day on May 25, when African countries celebrate the formation of the African Union, is a special day at USAP Community School. In the morning, we had a fruitful discussion on Afrocentrism in education and how Zimbabwean schools can better infuse Africa into their colonial-inherited, British style education systems.
We celebrated local traditional foods throughout the day at all meals and the afternoon showcased African music, dance, poetry and other talents. We finished up the afternoon playing traditional African games.
You can enjoy a short glimpse into USAP Community School's Africa Day with this video https://youtu.be/zriQ9QnqhiY
We are excited for the first round of college acceptances for our inaugural Class of 2021 alumni! We wish them all the very best as they set out to pursue their higher education in the United States. We remain grateful to the many colleges and universities who have worked and continue to work with our students in the admissions process.
While most of the acceptances have so far been from US institutions, our alumni have applied to various global universities that are able to offer them scholarships. We look forward to the next round of admissions acceptances for the rest of our alumni in the class of 2021!
Cambridge AS and A Level exam results are out and we are so proud of our students! Our first cohort at USAP Community School got their final A Level results which they are using to apply to colleges and universities internationallly. Our second cohort received their AS exam results.
Despite all of the challenges our students and school faced in the throes of the COVID pandemic in 2021, including extended lockdowns where they accessed learning on WhatsApp on phones and kindles with solar panels and batteries, they have excelled with exceptional results!
We would not be able to provide access to high quality, transformative education without your support. Again, thank you!
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