Everyone builds the school classrooms together - a house for the teachers and separate toilet blocks for males and females. When these buildings are built, it unlocks Zambian government funding, providing the money for a fully trained teacher and resources for the school including books and teaching materials. The funding from the Zambian Government ensures that all the buildings met the set criteria and are built to a high standard, benefitting everyone in the community.
The school buildings become a focal point in the community, meetings take place there, it is used as a community centre and our teams use the schools as a base to support families to learn more, grow more and sell more. With a school nearer home, more children attend regularly as they don’t have to travel long distances to go to school. Families can access computers after hours for information, or to take part in education programmes and learning new skills to improve their prospects.
Another benefit of the building project is that previously girls would often miss school during their menstrual cycle, but now that there are separate blocks for men and women this is no longer an issue and girls are attending school more regularly. Tied in with this is that when girls attend school regularly it helps reduce teenage pregnancies and early marriages, helping them to achieve their dreams.
In the wider community hygiene is improved as each school has a bore hole, providing clean water for everyone in the local area. Alongside training on handwashing this has helped to improve the health of families, and children are less likely to miss school through illness.
On the school site, farms are set up and orchards planted, teaching children how to grow fruit and vegetables as well as providing much needed nutrition. The children can pass on the skills they have learnt to their family, ensuring that from the school the ripple effect of positive change continues.