Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia

by The African Impact Foundation
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia
Allow 120 Children Attend School in Zambia

African Impact Foundation has been working with Zambezi Sawmills Community School for over five years. When we first started working with the school, it was open grounds where people would drive their cars, motorbikes or bikes across the grounds, while also vandelizing during the night. It was not a safe space for any of the children nor teachers. Zambezi Sawmills had a mission to make this a safe, encouraging environment for their students by building a security wall. We partnered with the school and built them a large security wall where now the school is completely secured and is a safe environment for the students. Little did we know we could dream much bigger. 

After working further with Zambezi Sawmills School, our future mission and goals grew together. Over the past five years we went beyond the security wall by building a vegetable garden as an income generating activity, installing a water tower and pump, as well as building additional classrooms. After incorproating all these new additions to the school, students' exam pass rates have increased by 12% in the last two years - an incredible accomplishment. 

However, after meeting with the Head Teacher a year ago, we knew we had to take immediate action when hearing Ms. Zulu was still turning down an education to 8-10 families a day due to the lack of current space. There were so many children in the community who needed an education; however, due to lack of schools and space, so many children are actually not receiving an education at all. It was heartbreaking to the school that they had to turn down so many students an education on daily basis. The solution? 

We knew we needed to build an additional classroom block which would educate 120 additional students a year - and thanks to incredible donors like yourself, we will do just that!! 

The classroom block is now completely fundraised! We are so incredibly thankful for every single donor as you are providing an education to 120 deserving students, every single year. 

We would also like to share a huge heartfelt thank you to Jess and Boris and their wedding guests, who have allowed us to reach our final goal and quite honestly make all of this happen! Jess and Boris will be in Livingstone end of December and we will all kick start the build of the classroom block! 

Thank you again to every single donor. We are so excited to keep you all posted on the school build! 

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It is no secret that a good education has the power to change a life. What is new is the demand for that change. One in five adults lack the written communication skills they need to progress in life, and 57 million children do not know what it's like to step inside a classroom. Many millions more are in education, but not learning effectively.

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Zambezi Sawmills Community school management have not stayed back to wait for support from well-wishers- African Impact Foundation to help raise funds for the new classroom block. From the little coins that the children pay towards their school fees have managed to purchase pan bricks. This is what the headmistress had to say about the importance of enough classrooms “Being an effective teacher begins with enough time a teacher spends with student in a classroom. Most students respond positively to attending school when they have a safe learning environemnt and when they have enough time in school. In turn this will a teacher have a structure in a classroom, which help children to realise how important it is to have such a structure, especially those who have little structure and stability in their home life. A structure classroom often translates to a safe classroom, one where students can enjoy themselves and focus on learning. In a structured learning environment, students are more likely to thrive and experience personal and academic growth.”

Once this classroom block is finished it will enable the school to accomodate more children and also increase teacher pupil contact in terms of hours. 

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On Friday evening we hosted an early St Patrick's Day-themed fundraiser for local volunteers and backpackers to raise funds for our Zambezi Sawmills School project.  Participants paid to play rounds bingo, and could also have face painting for a donation. There was a reasonably small turnout given the current low season for both volunteers and backpackers; but we managed to raise a total of 493.50K/$49 over the evening. Whilst this seems small in respect to how much more we still have to raise, every amount collected will add up toward the construction of something significant for Zambezi Sawmills. 

On this note this gives us a reflection on how Zambezi Sawmills looked like 4 years ago. A school without proper security and not enough water for kids. Today the face of Zambezi Sawmills has changed, we have added an additional space for learning, provided clean water, a food garden and now have 24/7 security. It is because of small actions like the events above that we are able to do big things.

Thank you all who made this possible.

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The percentage of out of school children in a country shows what proportion of children are not currently participating in the education system and who are, therefore, missing out on the benefits of school. In Zambia, 15% of children of official primary school ages are out of school , which also considers the proportion of children out of school by different characteristics wherever data is available.

Some of the reasons is due to poverty and luck of enough school classroom blocks, few teachers in the schools hence they turn away children. And Zambezi Sawmills is one of such a school. As the new school year starts in January 2018; Zambezi Sawmills community school just like any other school received a lot of applicants who want to start grade one next year; due to lack of classes it turned away some of the children. These children's ages fall between 6-10years.

African Impact has been pushing to finish of the classroom block to allow the school enroll more children. We have been holding fundraisers on ground. One of them been a throwback 90’s and so far on ground we have raised $98. Once this classroom is built it will help create more space and time for the students and the school as whole.

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The African Impact Foundation

Location: Muizenberg, Western Cape - South Africa
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Morgan Domijan
Muizenberg, Western Cape South Africa

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