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!
Thank you for donating to the Libuyu Community School with the African Impact Foundation inLivingstone, Zambia!
Your donation has enabled us to begin the construction of a three classroom block which is currently at the substructure level - the builders are making incredible progress!
Because of you, the school will be able to increase the amount of learning hours for the students (as they are currently only on half days) and also the school will be able to enroll more children. This means so much for the community!
During the past month, the contractor and his workers have been busy rising the walls from the foundation level to the roof level. The classrooms are expected to be done in December in time for the new school year which starts in January!
In a recent conversation with the principal of the school he said, "Every morning I walk into school the first thing I do is go to straight to the building and smile and say thanks to God for these wonderful people who remembered this vulnerable school. My dream for this school is to fight for it to be modern and among the best school in Livingstone in terms of infrastructure and academic achievement."
Thank you for changing the lives of so many children and families in Livingstone!
Your generosity has enabled us to begin the construction of a 3 classroom block which is at the ground-breaking level! This was celebrated with a ‘Breaking the Ground’ ceremony hosted at the school last week.
The sun shone down on us gloriously as we marked a great day for both Libuyu Community School and the African Impact Foundation. Last Tuesday, the school management and community of Libuyu were very excited to see this dream come true!
Our special guest of honour was the District Education Board and his colleagues from the Department of Infrastructure Development. In his speech he encouraged the school and the community to guard the development generously. The ceremony involved poems and cultural dances, and appreciating the donors for what they have done for the school and community.
Sharon, our Sponsor A Child Coordinator, delivered a message of gratitude and hope.Watch here!
You could tell from the atmosphere how happy and thankful the community and children were for the upcoming classrooms. The singing and dancing was great to watch, with the teachers and parents getting involved also - they couldn’t help themselves!
Our hired contractors had cleared and marked the site in preparation for the commencement of work right after the ceremony and the guest of honour kicked off the project by breaking the ground with a pick and shovel.
You couldn’t stop our smiles - it was a great event marking an amazing milestone that could not have been achieved without your generous support! We are so thankful for your donations, and we look forward to sending you the building progress over the next five months!
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