Mwenje Secondary School Construction

The Ubunye Challenge supported the construction of the Mwenje Secondary School in the rural and impoverished town of Concession, 85K from Harare. Having built the Mapere Primary School, it was realized that when students graduated, there was no secondary school within a reasonable distance to continue their education. Construction began in 2019, and in 2022 there are five classroom blocks and a science lab and an enrollment of 184 students (72 girls and 112 boys).


The Headmaster, Kekani Mupona, commented, “Words cannot express how grateful we are to our donors for the complete transformation that has taken place here at Mwenje.” Mwenje has qualified teachers, and specialized subject teachers manage all subjects. Learners attend every day – there is no “hot seating”.

Mwenje caters to many vulnerable learners whose families earn way below the Poverty Datum Line. Some are orphaned, some have unemployed parents, and some reside with elderly relatives. Several organizations have stepped in to help these students with procuring uniforms, shoes and books.

Mwenje is the Shona word for light!