Funding for Zimbabwean schools has deteriorated significantly in the recent past. The years immediately following independence from colonial rule in 1980, the new government of Zimbabwe went on a drive to setup new secondary schools. These were to cater for the many students in rural areas who up until that point had difficulties accessing high school education. Nyava High School is one such school. Situated in Mashonaland Central, within the Chiefdom of Musana, the school is relatively unknown. It does not share the illustrious history or highly connected alumni with the likes of Goromonzi High School, Kubatana High School or the privileged Peterhouse and Watershed. Neither is it mentioned in the same breath with former Whites only schools such as Allan Wilson, Oriel, Mutare and Gifford. It is rather one of the many unsung ones. What is obvious is that the school needs assistance to acquire funding.
With the backing of many Western donors, the Zimbabwe government was able to setup, relative to that time, adequate infrastructure that has allowed thousands of learners to go through secondary education. However, because of the passing of time and the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy, almost all the existing infrastructure has become inadequate to provide a basic and internationally acceptable level of learning. In the 30 and more years since the establishment of the school, only one new block of two classrooms has been built. And it is still to be roofed. The deterioration of the school has lead to its alumni coming together to seek ways to rejuvenate and develop the old place. Nyava Old Students appreciate better than anyone else the value of this school. The main objective of NOSA is to raise funds to finance the development of our school.
Secondary schools in rural Zimbabwe in general are suffering from a lot of neglect. There is no government funding for developmental programs. Donor fatigue has also lead to a lot of good projects being abandoned before completion because money has run out. NOSA has realized that apart from direct financial support, there is a lot of support the local community and international well wishers can provide to ensure that educational programs are improved within the schoool. It is no longer sufficient to just see children go through the school, it is necessary to ensure that they are getting a robust learning experience, equipping them with skills that meet the demands of modern society.