Community Schools Programme
Each year we work with two or three communities on a school project.
Communities are transformed by having access to new high quality school facilities; classroom blocks, teacher’s housing and sanitation. The new buildings attract government support, providing pupils with a better education.
At each project we train 20 people in building skills who typically build the following:
The heart of a community project is a new two or three classroom block with an office and a strong room. The strong room allows the school to become a registered exam centre in the future, without this, the pupils would have to walk to the nearest exam centre to take their exams.
Providing teachers’ housing at a project allows the Ministry of Education to allocate qualified teachers to move to the community and teach at the school. This provides pupils with a better quality education.
Building latrine blocks with separate cubicles for girls, a boys’ urinal and hand-washing facilities improves pupil health and well-being and encourages more girls to remain in school. At projects without clean water, we drill a borehole and install a water pump.
Bissell Community School, 2017
We worked with the local community at Bissell to build a new kitchen with rocket stoves in 2016. In 2017 we are continuing our work at Bissell, training 20 new builders and constructing a new 3 classroom block for this oversubscribed community school on the outskirts of Lusaka.
The school was first opened in 2001 with 230 pupils learning under a tree. The school built 2 new classrooms in 2004. However, there is an urgent need for new classrooms at Bissell which now has over 500 pupils but not enough classrooms to teach them.
Katole Community School, 2017
We will work alongside members of the Katole Community to train 20 new builders and construct a new 2 classroom block, teachers’ house and latrine block, safe water and solar lighting.
Katole is an isolated community 38km from Lusaka. It is made up of 800 households who struggle to make a living from subsistence farming, Two volunteer teachers currently teach over one hundred children in a collapsed classroom without a roof and when the rainy season gets underway lessons have to be cancelled.