The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
Ceaser, a small girl with big round eyes, has been with Chikumbuso since 2004 and her favourite subject is English. With five siblings, she explained to me that her family couldn’t afford having her attend secondary school without Chikumbuso’s help. She told me that she wanted to become a doctor in the future because she wanted to help people and is incredibly grateful for everything that Chikumbuso has done for her and her family. Two of her younger siblings are still attending elementary in Chikumbuso.
After graduating from the sixth grade, children are sponsored to attend the Ngombe PTA School by Chikumbuso to receive secondary school education. I was informed that everything is paid for from the tuition fees to the books and bags, allowing children that could otherwise not afford it, receive higher education. The school also offers classes in the evenings for adults that have not had a chance to finish their high-school education.
The class I visited was a 7th grade class of about thirty students, all from Chikumbuso save one. When asked why all of these children from Chikumbuso were in the same class, the senior teacher Doreen explained to me that grades were split according to ability and that the children from Chikumbuso consistently ranked the highest. I was very much impressed by the quality of education that these children were receiving and am glad children like this are given an opportunity to excel in school.
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