Nyabira CCAP School is a primary school offering education to children of ages 5 to 13 years. It was built in 1957 by the Church Of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) as one of the more than ten schools they built in Mining & Farming Towns in Zimbabwe where the migrant workers from Malawi were working. This was in response to the need for education among its followers who could not speak any of the local languages at that time. The schools did not serve the Presbyterian children alone but catered for the entire community and these schools were among the first to accommodate children from different faiths and beliefs.
Nyabira CCAP School is the only school that the church did not hand over to the local councils of the respective areas and to government. The Church needed to maintain ties with its holistic approach to life where one needed to be spiritually and mentally health to live a life to service to humanity.
The church's only ties to the school is ownership. CCAP does not impose its ideology or principles on the staff or students as a result the school enrols any child irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, race or political affiliations. The School offers space in its classrooms to various denominations for use as worship centers during the weekend. Nyabira CCAP School has hosted numerous local events and played host to major events such as when The State President and Vice President visited the constituency in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Major sporting tournaments and educational seminars involving more than 15 schools in that region are always hosted at this school because of its central location and closeness to the main Harare-Chirundu Border Post Highway.
Curriculum: The school follows a curriculum that is set by the Ministry of Education and Culture who also employ the teachers at the school. Subjects such as English and Shona for languages, Mathematics, Social Studies and Environmental Science are taught. Final National Examinations are written at the end of seven years in order for the child to proceed to Secondary School. The education system is designed to build a child who is overall sharp physically and mentally. Sports and culture form an integral part of this dirvese and exciting curricula.
The School boast of 17 qualified primary school teachers and an average of 640 students each year. In September 2005 the school enrolled its first zero grade students. It is now an Ministry of Education Policy that all children must enrol for zero grade at the ages of 2-4 at the school they will eventually join for primary (elementary to middle) school education. This allows for speedy adaptation to the learning environment and faster way of grasping the subjects when the grade one level begins.
The School has three terms (Semester) which run from January-April; May-August and September-December. At the end of each year children are upraised for the following grade with seventh graders leaving for a completely new environment in a Secondary School of their choice. The school day begins at 0800hrs and ends at 1300hrs each day with a break at 1030-1045hrs five days a week. Most sporting events are held in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings.
School children in Zimbabwe are required to wear a school uniform at both primary and secondary schools. This is to try and make all children look the same, feel the same and act the same but this is not always the case. Most parents in the rural and farmings areas such as Nyabira can not afford to buy their children school uniforms and therefore the disparity is obvious as some children mix and match, while others come with home clothes thus the dividing line on have and have nots becomes more evident. This how ever is one of the few disadvantages for wearing school uniforms.