BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT HAPPENINGS AT HORIZON SCHOOLS
Dear parents and guardians,
The Government of the Republic of Zambia was impressed by the quality of education being offered by Horizon Schools in South Africa while H.E. Ambassador Leslie Mbula was Zambia’s High Commissioner in that country.
Prior to opening of Horizon Schools in Zambia, the Government of the Republic of Zambia sent an entourage of technocrats to South Africa on a fact-finding mission about the quality of education being offered by these schools in that country.
The mission to South Africa was successful and consequently, Horizon Schools in South Africa was invited by the Government of the Republic of Zambia to open similar schools here in Zambia.
In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding and Contract Agreement were signed between Horizon Educational Trust (HET) and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) through the Ministry of General Education (MoGE). In these agreements, the Government of the Republic of Zambia offered land on which Horizon Schools were to be built in order to provide quality and affordable education to the Zambian populace. In the same year (2009), there was a ground breaking ceremony on the land where Horizon Schools are currently built was officiated by government officials.
Horizon Schools commenced operations in 2011 and was officially opened by the fourth Republican President of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda on 23rd March, 2011.
Since inception in 2011, Horizon Schools have continued to offer excellent but affordable education as could be seen from the 100 percent pass rates at Grades 7, 9 and 12 levels.
The Schools have also promoted the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Science and ICT through such competitions as Horizon Mathematics Competition, Horizon Computer Olympiad at provincial level and participation in regional and international science fairs and Olympiads where our pupils won different types of medals, such as the Info matrix in Tanzania (Silver medals), the International Environmental Project Olympiad in Azerbaijan (silver medals), the young inventor’s Project in Georgia (gold medals), the Genius Olympiad in America (Silver medals) and the 2019 16th International Junior Science Olympiad in Qatar (Bronze medal).
As part of Social Corporate Responsibility, Horizon schools has continued to offer academic and talent scholarships to learners who are economically disadvantaged but intelligent to learn in Horizon Schools and in some cases proceed to tertiary or university level.
Horizon Schools have also sunk bore holes and renovated a number of schools within Zambia in line with the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding recently signed with the Ministry of General Education. The Schools have got a policy to support girl-child education. In line with this, we are working with a number of institutions such as the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust.
The operations of Horizon Schools have been in accordance with the provisions of the MoU and Contract Agreement until recently on 24th September, 2019 when we received a letter from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Gazette Notice regarding Compulsory Acquisition of Horizon Schools.
There was yet again another letter dated 29th November, 2019 from Ministry of lands and Natural Resources and another Gazette Notice regarding Compulsory Acquisition of Horizon Schools: Notice to Yield Up.
This development has shocked Horizon Educational Trust and the school management as a whole since there were assurances from the MoU, Contract Agreement and the government of the Republic of Zambia. Due to these assurances, a lot of investments have been made.
Horizon Schools have not in any way breached any of the provisions in the agreements and therefore the letters and the Gazette notices that have been served to Horizon Schools do not have any justification whatsoever.
We do hereby most sincerely assure you our dear parents and guardians that all Horizon Schools operations for 2020 will continue running smoothly because we have not received any negativity from the Ministry of General Education who recently came to inspect and approved the school for 2020 renewal of registration.
This matter has since been communicated to the relevant stakeholders including the lawyer who is closely following up the issue with High Court of Zambia to secure the investments as contained in the provisions of the agreements mentioned above.
Thank you and be blessed!