We checked in with the Libuyu Community School to see how the students in the three new classrooms are doing. Their marks have improved by an average of almost 15% in the last few months due to a better learning environment - thank you for making this possible!
The next step in improving the learning environment for their students is to build a wall fence around the perimeter of the school's property. A fence will keep unwanted people and elephants off of the property.
Currently, without a fence, the security of the students and staff is at risk. Trespassers, including elephants, are not only potentially dangerous, but they also distract the students from paying attention during important lessons as they walk past the classrooms and make noise. Vandalism and theft are also issues on weekends which diminishes the pride and value of the school. Being so under-resourced, these are often not things that the school is able to fix or replace.
A fence will provide a safer and more beneficial learning environment, meaning students will get a better education and have a greater chance of a prosperous future. We look forward to working with the principal and our long-time construction partner to make this fence a reality for the school and give their 500 students a better education and future.
Education provides a pathway out of poverty for youth. We saw the impact that building a fence has at one of our other partner schools in Livingstone - their average test scores increased by over 30%. The fence created a community of safe, proud, and motivated students - let's make that happen for Libuyu Community School!
Hip hip hooray - students in Zambia are back to school!
After a delayed start due to COVID-19 restrictions, schools re-opened in February for the 2021 school year.
The three new classrooms that you made possible have been full of grade 3, 6 and 7 students, and have improved the average teacher to student ratio at the school from 1:60 to 1:45! This will improve even more in the next few months - the District Education Board Secretary has committed to providing the school with more teachers by the end of this first term. More desks to come too!
Along with the three classrooms, the two attached office spaces are being used for students to sit and work during the gaps in their class schedule and for meetings with the principal and teachers.
The students are very excited about the new classrooms and they all want to be in them!
We will be checking in every semester to see how the classrooms have improved attendance rates, marks, and the overall education experience for both the students and the teachers.
You have made an impact on many - thank you! Better education means a greater chance of stopping the cycle of poverty. These new classrooms will allow children to learn in an environment that enables them to grow, thrive, and have access to more opportunities.
Your donation has given three new classrooms to the community of Livingstone, Zambia!!!
The 11th of December saw one of the proudest moments to date for the African Impact Foundation. We hosted the opening ceremony with Libuyu Community School to celebrate the complettion of the three new classrooms which you made possible. These classrooms allow for more space and therefore encourages school attendance and attainment to children in Livingstone, supporting education at a higher level.
We had the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), as our guest of honor opening the building. All other board officials were also in attendance and spoke so highly of the work AIF are doing for the education of Livingstone. We even had local media broadcasting our event on the news that evening.
The morning resulted in singing, poems and dancing of the teachers, children and community members - it was definitely a celebration to remember! When the project started a few months ago it seemed so surreal, and now it is a reality and has totally changed the future of Libuyu Community School. It will change the lives of so many children and families.
The African Impact Foundation is extremely proud and thankful to all its donors and supporters who have given joyfully and generously to such a worthy cause to the community. Without our donors we could not carry out any of our amazing work and would not have achieved the amazing building we have finally handed over.
What a way to start the new 2021 school year this month! Thank you for believing in the power of education and for taking action!
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