Easy access to education is something many take for granted. In Livingstone, Zambia some children walk to school is more than 10km, have 60 peers crammed into one classroom and go to school half a day. However, Education is still the key to sustainably improving people's lives. This project will build one building that will hold 2 classrooms, educating 80 students a year, reducing the teacher to student ratio from 1:60 to 1:40 and providing a safe, encouraging learning environment.
In Livingstone, Zambia many classrooms are understaffed and overcrowded. Libuyu Community School has been highlighted by the Ministry of Education as a school which is in dire need for additional classrooms. The school currently has just three classrooms to educate 583 students, and some grades can only attend for a few hours a day. Additionally, there are over 84 students in one classroom with just one teacher, which is an alarming teacher to student ratio.
Currently, students are learning wherever they can, even outside or even sitting on the floor. This build will provide 2 classrooms for the students of Libuyu, an area which is highly populated but in a low-income area. The classroom will allow for more focused, smaller classes which will allow children to get the attention they need to succeed. Additionally, investment in the school has been proven to improve teacher motivation, which will be beneficial for the students, too.
The first long-term impact will be an additional 80 students will receive an education every single year. Additionally, the classroom will decrease the teacher/student ratio and provide children a better quality of education. Our hope is that the long-term impact will be overall improved test scores from the students because of smaller class size. In a community which has issues with socioeconomic hardships, an increase in education levels will provide a stronger foundation to a better future.