Emerald Hill School for the Deaf has its origins in the Midlands Province at Loreto Mission in 1947. The first sisters to run the school were trained in Ireland, South Africa and later in Holland. In these countries, the sisters trained to teach the deaf to speak and lip-read, preparing them to be absorbed back in the society. Consequently, the school aimed to train deaf children speech and speech reading for many years until the school moved to Emerald Hill in Harare at the height of the war of liberation.An inter-play of many factors influenced the education system at the school at the new location in Harare. These included among others, the awareness of the deaf culture, deaf rights to their language, teaching staff and parents and the parent ministry‘s policy on deaf education.

The Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture emphasized the use of sign language, a trend that went on for two decades. The school administrators, however, were not very happy with the end product. The quality of students produced was very low and poor. Students, who could hardly speak, read or write any language at all. They were neither fluent nor efficient in sign language either. The deaf graduate from the school found many challenges fitting into the community they were supposed to live for the rest of their lives after school. The education system had many gaps and confused meanings. In 2000, a donor assisted the school with hearing aids and training for the teachers. For over a decade now, the school is focusing on the Natural Aural Oral Method in teaching deaf children.

Our Vision!

Our vision is to enroll and provide quality education to the deaf children as they acquire the Dominican ethos and values for the benefit of the community.

Our Mission

To excel through recruitment of qualified and competent staff who are well motivated and able to use available resources efficiently and effectively with the assistance of well maintained systems and regular manpower development.

Our Values

  • To respect the dignity of one another at all times
  • To be fair and equitable in our treatment of all our stakeholders.
  • To demand integrity from all staff in the conduct of duties

Meet The Staff!


Mrs Magwere

Head Secondary.

Mrs Mufandaedza

Head Primary.

Mr Chikanya

Deputy Head Secondary.

Ms Chiwara

Deputy Head Primary.