For the past 25 years, community schools in Zambia have educated some of the poorest and most marginalised students in the country.
These schools are typically free, run by parents, and have far fewer resources than Zambia’s government-run schools. Community schools have slowly become part of Zambia’s educational fabric.
In 2011, the government formally recognised community schools, and now, it is common for government-trained teachers to teach at community schools providing they meet certain requirements. Of the twenty or so schools we support, most are community schools although we also work with some rural state schools.
how we work
We like to get to know our schools and to create partnerships with the communities and we discuss with the schools what is the best way to help them going forward.
The vast majority of schools in rural Zambia have similar issues: poor infrastructure; insufficient access to water and clean toilets; not enough desks, books, pens, pencils, paper, chalk etc.; poor standards of teaching.
We help by providing educational resources, building and renovating classrooms and toilet blocks and helping to raise educational standards.