Mwansa and Lydia Folotiya (Founders)

Mwansa and Lydia Folotiya (Founders)

The modern history of Rhodes Park Schools can be said to have started in 1973, when a small nursery school located at 42 Joseph Mwilwa Road, Fairview, was purchased by a Lusaka lawyer and his wife, the late Mwansa and Lydia Folotiya. The school had been established in 1966 and had previously catered to Lusaka’s white and expatriate community, who were the historical inhabitants of the suburbs of Rhodes Park and Fairview.

Primary classes began seven years later in 1980. Further growth over the following years saw the need for more space and in 1985, a large plot of land was secured at Plot 11308 Sibweni Road, Northmead, Lusaka.

The current phase of the Company’s development began in September 1993, when ownership and control passed into the hands of the children of the late Mwansa and Lydia Folotiya after their untimely demise. The school embarked upon a major expansion and redevelopment programme that has seen growth in all aspects: pupil numbers, revenues, staffing, infrastructure and facilities, etc.

In response to the demand for secondary education to be provided at the school, Rhodes Park School introduced grade 8 classes in 1997. It started with two streams of grade 8, and since then an additional grade was introduced every year in streams of two classes per grade per year until 2001 when the school achieved its first grade 12 streams.

The company recently acquired another site, Plot 11309 Nyakatolo Road, which is adjacent to the Sibweni Road campus. This was done to provide space for the recently commissioned Early Learning Centre (nursery), and eventually will also accommodate Boarding Houses and a School Hall. Thus the new site serves as an extension to Sibweni Road.