The Support education in Zambia campaign was created to provide funding to support ProjectEDUCATE’s educational programming. It was intended to respond to very specific need to raise. The funds raised through the campaign would provide basic educational necessities like books, pencils and erasers as well as pay for school fees. The project targeted brilliant students that do not have the means to pay for the basics that would allow them to go to school. While the project has achieved some results with the limited support that was raised though Global giving, it continues to have challenges in raising the funds needed to support continued implementation. We have in the past tried to introduce new strategies that would help bring in the needed support but have been met with little success. While the need for the project remains, we are prompted to close the campaign due to the fact that the time timeframe within which the project was scheduled to be implemented has elapsed. We do foresee running the campaign again in the near future depending on whether we are able to garner enough support for it. We remain grateful to everyone that has supported the project in the last year and look forward to your continued support as we embark on a new educational project.
While education is vital to development, challenges remain in terms of ensuring access to education for all. This is due to numerous challenges which include lack of funding. The Support Education in Zambia project as started to help raise the much needed funds to provide an education for gifted but disadvantaged children. So far the project has put girls into secondary school and has provided support for our literacy initiative which provides free English language lessons to out of school children and adults. Twenty children aged between five and thirteen continue to receive free English language lessons as part of the project. A further twenty adults also benefit from the project. With funding, we hope to increase the number of girls receiving scholarship funding as well as the number of children and adults enrolled in English language lessons. Given the challenges in meeting the fundraising targets, there is a need to increase our donor base as well as to attract recurring donations. To this effect we continue to encourage previous donors to share the project with their networks. Our partnership with GlobalGiving plays a vital role in providing funding to support implementation of a number of initiatives and so while reaching fundraising goals is a constant challenge, we continue to seek alternative ways to increase the number of donors. We also continue to encourage current donors to continue their support of our work.
With the support received so far one recipient has been funded at the secondary school level. Faith lost her parents more than three years ago. Even with excellent grades, the lack of funding of made meant she could not continue on to 10th grade. Her plight was brought to our attention by the school councilor. After being interviewed, she was determined to be a good candidate and was immediately offered a fully funded scholarship which covered school fees and supplies for the 2017 school at St. Johns Secondary school.
At the primary school level 3 girls received annual scholarships to attend Mulambwa primary school. Both Muwaye and Namangolwa were identified through our community reading program for underprivileged children. Both girls are in the care of their grandmothers after having lost their parents. Monde is 10 years old and until now has never been to school. She is now enrolled in 1st grade at Mulambwa primary school in Mongu.
In an effort to encourage support to the project we have created a page on our website to help drive traffic and have begun using our Facebook page to share our work.
We also continue to encourage current and past donors to continue supporting our work as it will enable us to continue providing much needed educational support
Education is the ultimate equalizer: providing opportunities for self advancement that would often not be possible without the benefit of formal education. Unfortunately millions, especially women and girls are left out even though they are often tasked with the responsibility of taking care of the household and studies show women tend to use their skills and resources for the care of the home. It is against this background that the project is focusing on providing educational funding to support to women and girls. In addition to supporting and girls, the project will also provide training to teachers in an effort to improve teacher performance and learner outcomes. Currently less than $600 has been raised towards the goal of $50,000. This presents a significant challenge in terms of achieving project objectives. While funding is a challenge, the project has begun the selection process of 10 gifted but underprivileged girls to benefit from educational funding through annual scholarships. We are currently exploring ways to increase the number of donations to support implementation. In addition to engaging GlobalGiving tools and resources we encourage previous donors and supporters to share the project with their networks and encourage them to support the work as well.
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