Pupils starting grade 10 at Sobling High School
It has been a busy time at Pizz School in Zambia. Exams were taken in December for children in Grade 7 and Grade 9. There was a good pass rate for children and we were pleased with the results.
Longer school holidays of 4 weeks follow for the children, more like UK summer holidays. The opening was delayed as there were some reported cases of Covid locally and the Government advised schools to stay closed for another 3 weeks. Fortunately, this did not affect any of the pupils or teachers at Pizz school. All staff and pupils continue with regular hand washing to help keep them safe.
It was back to school and the start of term at the end of January, as this is when the new academic year starts in Zambia. This is busy time as there is a great deal of change for children moving grades within Pizz school, but also those going on to other local schools. Killian (local project manager) has been busily registering and paying school fees for Grade 9 students (Pizz school runs up to Grade 9) who have passed and who then move on to Grade 10. They complete Grade 10, 11 & 12 in local secondary schools. HATW is delighted to be able to support 30 students to complete these grades at secondary school. Sadly there are still barriers to this being open to all students, as they are required to pay fees to attend these schools.
With the change in President and promises of free primary and secondary education for all Zambians, HATW continues to explore all possibilities for the children at Pizz to be able to access these opportunities. As with any change, this takes time and we continue to monitor this with our partners at Pizz. For the time being, school fees are still a requirement to go on to secondary school for these children.
We are hopeful that this change will be something that we can report on in the future.
Thank you as always for your support.
Pupils starting grade 10 at Mabwize Secondary
Pizz school leavers at Mabwize Secondary School
Project Manager Killian visiting pupils at Mabwize