Since 2011, we have worked with 8 schools across 3 districts (Livingstone, Sinazongwe and Lusaka). To date our programmes have impacted over 6,000 children in our focus areas of self-financing schools; vocational education; literacy development and over-coming the specific barriers that girls’ face in reaching their full potential.
Our proudest achievements are:
Developing a child-led approach to raising the quality, relevance and creativity of the education at our partner schools.
Developing a child-led training scheme in social entrepreneurship.
Equipping over 200 children with new vocational skills in organic farming, tailoring, chicken-rearing and carpentry.
Increasing literacy levels across 5 schools by 62% (2015 - 2018)
Helping schools to independently raise over £11,000 in income from their school-run enterprises which they have used for infrastructure development projects and the administrative day to day running of the schools.
Providing basic sexual health education and training in how to make re-usable sanitary pads to over 600 girls.
Building 4 girls’ shower and toilet blocks which provide menstrual hygiene management information (as they are decorated by the girls using information they gained at our workshops) as well as a safe space for adolescent girls to wash and change.
Percentage of children reading English at the expected level for their age (as a second language)
“Girls should not be scared of their own bodies” Anita, 17.
In 2016 I was a member of School Club Zambia’s Girl Council Programme and as a Girl Council member I encouraged my friends to attended the health workshops, even if they felt embarrassed. I started my period when my mother was away, but I was not scared as I had learnt what was happening to my body during the workshops. Many girls in our communities do not know why they bleed, so they miss school thinking there is something wrong. Other girls are told that they bleed and boys don’t because girls are dirty. This is wrong and we shouldn’t feel ashamed of our bodies."
Vocational education opportunities for rural youth
Hadge was one of our Young Farmers in 2018 and during the course of the year he learnt the practical and theoretical methods of organic farming as well as how to budget and market for a wide range of crops. Hadge decided to start his own organic garden at home and now sells tomatoes, eggplant and onions to his community. His teachers have been so impressed by his enthusiasm for gardening that they’ve promoted him to garden ambassador for the school so that he can share his knowledge and passion with everyone!
Our strategic plan (2016 - 2021) was developed after extensive consultation with our schools through community surveys, focus groups with students and by working with Local Education Authorities to ensure that our programmes are assisting Zambia to meet its aims under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The community surveys of 2016 highlighted that over 80% of parents and teachers wanted their schools to provide more opportunities to learn alternative livelihood skills including understanding the basics of budgeting, marketing and financing a new business. Over 98% of the students wanted improved facilities at their schools especially under health and sanitation, yet they did not think that the school could develop without a source of sustainable income.
We value long-term partnerships and the selection process for taking on a new school is extensive so that we can get to know the teachers, parents and key community members. We currently have 4 partner schools in the rural Sinazongwe district and intend to be working with 11 schools (10 in Sinazongwe, 1 in Livingstone) by 2021.