Most rural areas in Zambia have poor or no infrastructure to support the education of children. Public schools are very few, overcrowded and far to reach for children in many parts of these areas. Community schools make an alternative place of learning for children who cannot walk the miles to attend class at far away learning facilities. Building Futures works with communities to build community schools and support their education systems to increase access to quality education in rural areas.
In Mulambo village, over 150 children are either learning in the open air, which makes it difficult for them to attend class or concentrate during the rainy season, the cold season or during days when there is intense wind current, or walk a distance of over 6 kilometers to the nearest public school, having to climb over a mountain to get to it. We will work with volunteers and community members to build the children a safe and easy-to-get-to place of learning, with clean toilet facilities.
Building Futures will construct a 2X2 classroom block that will be near enough to carter for 150 or more children living in Mulambo. This will increase school attendance and quality of education as the school will be able to receive educational support from our various partners. Clean toilets hand washing facilities will to promote hygiene safety. We will also set up a playground to enhance interactive play and networking among the children and participation of community members to development.
With a population annual growth rate of 3% in Zambia, Mulambo community school is expected to be a center of education that will give many children in the community present and future, access to quality education. We plan to later install a solar powered computer lab in the resource room and also enhance community development through adult literacy and micro-finance aid. Using our networks we will seek to provide health and HIV prevention services through the school to the rest of the community.