Salesians in Zimbabwe Provide Education to Children from Poor Mining Families

Some students of the Don Bosco Secondary School in Zimbabwe. Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Zimbabwe are offering education to children from poor mining families in the Southern African nation. 

In a Tuesday, June 1 report obtained by ACI Africa, Fr. Václav Klement, a Salesian missionary lauded the members of the SDB Vice-Province of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi (ZMB) “for their steadfast development and work for poor youth in this beautiful and also very challenged country where many young people are waiting to meet Don Bosco on their life and faith journey.” 

“Recently, Don Bosco Hwange welcomed its first 90 students for grade 8 at the newly opened Don Bosco Secondary School. Both boys and girls, mostly from poor mining families, are attending the school,” say the SDB officials.  

The Secondary school is established on a 28-hectare compound that also hosts St. Theresa Empumalanga Parish Church.

Besides the secondary school, the Salesian missionaries who first came to the Southern African country in 1995 manage a technical college and two Parishes. 


In the Archdiocese of Harare, SDB members are working towards opening a Youth Spirituality Animation Center.

“The Don Bosco Technical School has a long history in the region and is growing with the help of 40 lay mission partners that assist with education, legal, financial, engineering and coordinating teams,” SDB leadership says in the June 1 report.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.