Gweru

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school

. It is incorrect to state that schools were divided on racial grounds before "Independence"; although that was the perceived situation. Blacks who chose to send a child to what became "Group A" schools could do so provided that the child passed a test in which he demonstrated a reasonable profiency in the English language. Also black children who demonstrated academic excellence in what became "Group B" schools were placed in the school best equipped to further

their studies. Cambridge University did not unilaterally cease marking Zimbabwean school certificate examinations. Mugabe claimed that the poor results obtained were due to racial prejudice and set up the Zimbabwe Education Board. ;Nursery schools *Mimosa Nursery School *Dominican Nursery School *Gweru Nursery School *Midlands Pre-School ;Primary schools Group A *Cecil John Rhodes School *Stanley School *Riverside School (Riverside School, Gweru) * Lundi Park School

*Midlands Christian School (Private) *Anderson Adventist (Private) Group B *Bata School (Financed and Maintained by the Bata Shoe Company) *Sandara School *St Paul's School (St. Paul's School, Gweru) (Catholic) *Chikumbiro School *Bumburwi School *Muwunga School *St. Micheals Primary School (Catholic) *Senga Primary School *Matongo Primary School *Mpumelelo Primary School *Takunda Primary School *Mkoba 4 Primary School * Takwirira Primary


local commercial

, the Midlands Province capital, at Midlands State University. Kwekwe has paved roads leading to Gweru, Kadoma (Kadoma, Zimbabwe), Mvuma and Gokwe Business Centre hence it is considered a well-connected city. Besides being close to the geographical centre of the country, Kwekwe is also strategically located within the Midlands metropolitan area. Kwekwe, together with Gweru, Munyati, Kadoma and Redcliff (Redcliff, Zimbabwe) form a single customer base for local commercial enterprises


national technical

Technical Training Centre *Kaguvi National Technical College - formerly established to cater for freedom fighters who had gone to war against British colonial powers to reintegrate them into the community. Hotels Midlands Hotel was opened in 1927 by the Meikle brothers. It was about to be demolished but after much protest, it was spared. Chitukuko hotel (formerly known as the Cecil Hotel) is another local hotel located in the city centre area. Both


violent attacks

). At the simultaneous Parliamentary elections the ZUM won 20% of the vote but only two seats in the House of Assembly. Zimbabwe Unity Movement supporters were the targets of violent attacks from supporters of ZANU (PF) and five candidates were murdered. A student representative Israel Mutanhaurwa of ZUM was abducted in broad daylight by suspected state agents at the local cinemas in Gweru to be dumped unharmed on the outskirts of Mkoba a local surbub . No-one was arrested


sporting

, particularly in the non-core teaching areas such as art, music and sport. Of particular emphasis is the sporting area in which former Group B schools taught mainly athletics, football and netball whilst the Group A schools had a wider range of sporting activities including athletics, tennis, swimming, diving, lacrosse, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, cricket, netball, basketball and cross-country. There has not been much change in this provision since Zimbabwe#Independence .281980.29 independence


commercial

Adventist) * St Patricks High School (Anglican) * Regina Mundi High School (Catholic) ;Commercial colleges Commercial education was not easily available to the majority of Gweru residents especially before independence. There was a surge of new colleges after 1980 when Zimbabwe gained independence and also when commercial courses became a popular requirement in industry. Midlands College of Commerce - The first black commercial college was founded in the early 1970s by Wilbert H. Shumba

. It provided courses in most commercial and practical subjects popular during that era for example: typing, bookkeeping, dress-making and shorthand. These were examined by the UK-based Pitman Examinations Institute. This college stopped operating in the mid-1990s following the death of W.H Shumba in 1994. After 1980 other colleges were soon established: *Educare College *Ambassador College (Ambassador College, Gweru) *Commercial Studies Centre *Solars College * TopFlight

Secretarial College *Herentals College ;Correspondence Distance Education Colleges *Zimbabwe Distance Education College (Zdeco). Founded by Dr Skhanyiso Ndlovu who is now the Minister of Information for Zimbabwe. ZDECO was formed soon after independence and is now one of the country's largest adult education colleges. This college runs commercial and academic programmes including ZJC (Zimbabwe Junior Certificate), 'O' and 'A' levels and degree programmes * Central Africa


national service

they would return for six-week call-up periods after their national service was over. The overall quality of these national servicemen was initially low compared to the more experienced regular soldiers, but over time many were able to reach the same standard. The RLI actively encouraged conscripts who had completed tertiary education, or had plans to do so, to enlist as regulars, with some success.


retired people

climate and scenic location attract tourists and retired people. The largest employers are ZIMASCO, UNKI Mine, a subsidiary of Anglo-American (Anglo American plc) through its platinum wing, Angloplats, the government through education, agriculture and health. thumb right In the town of Beitbridge ladies in their Sunday Best, 2006 (Image:Sunday Best Beitbridge.jpg) On the South African side of the border the N1 (N1 (South Africa)) National Roads in South Africa Highway


art music

, particularly in the non-core teaching areas such as art, music and sport. Of particular emphasis is the sporting area in which former Group B schools taught mainly athletics, football and netball whilst the Group A schools had a wider range of sporting activities including athletics, tennis, swimming, diving, lacrosse, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, cricket, netball, basketball and cross-country. There has not been much change in this provision since Zimbabwe#Independence .281980.29 independence


training

Correspondence College established in 1954 *Rapid Results College established in 1962 *International Correspondence Schools *Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Tertiary education *Midlands Christian Training Centre - provided teacher training, and is also an examination centre for UNISA exams. This training centre is closely linked to the Midlands Christian School and College. *Midlands State University - formerly Gweru Teacher's College www.msu.ac.zw *Mkoba Teacher's College *Senka

Technical Training Centre *Kaguvi National Technical College - formerly established to cater for freedom fighters who had gone to war against British colonial powers to reintegrate them into the community. Hotels Midlands Hotel was opened in 1927 by the Meikle brothers. It was about to be demolished but after much protest, it was spared. Chitukuko hotel (formerly known as the Cecil Hotel) is another local hotel located in the city centre area. Both

. Three railway lines meet at Beitbridge: the South African Spoornet line to Polokwane, the National Railways of Zimbabwe line to Gweru via Rutenga and the Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway. birth_date DATE OF BIRTH 9 January 1967 PLACE OF BIRTH Gwelo (Gweru), Rhodesia DATE OF DEATH Training culture, foreign volunteers and women The Commandos

Gweru

'''Gweru''' (formerly (Geographical renaming) '''Gwelo''' until 1982) is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe at . It has a population of about 146,073 (2009), making it the fifth largest city in the nation. Gweru is the capital of Midlands Province, and was founded in 1894 by Dr. Leander Starr Jameson. The first bank opened in Gweru in 1896, and the stock exchange in 1898. The railway arrived in 1902. It became a municipality in 1914 and achieved city status in 1971. The name changed from '''Gwelo''' to '''Gweru''' in 1982.

It is also home to Thornhill Air Base, an airforce garrison, the Zimbabwe Military Museum and the Antelope Game Park. The Nalatale and Danangombe archaeological enclosures lie nearby, the former known for its patterned brickwork, the latter for its Portuguese (Portugal) remains.

In 1928 Gweru resident and pioneer (Settler) widow Mrs Jean Boggie erected a memorial clock tower in memory of her late husband. The Boggie Clock Tower has become a landmark in Gweru.

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