Introducing Mwala Community School
Mwala Community School is the latest addition to our Community Schools Programme.
Mwala Community School in Kapiri was established in 1992 as a response to pupils having to walk 7km to get to the nearest government school.
The school has an existing 1×3 classroom block but with 240 boys and 246 girls enrolled, school attendance has grown beyond the capacity of the current classrooms. 5 UNICEF tents are being used as temporary classrooms, but teaching in the tents is difficult. It is cold when it rains, too hot in the summer and the wind blows the tent around, knocking over blackboards and distracting students.
20 men and women from Mwala will be selected to join our Training into Work programme. The trainees learn basic building skills on site and will earn a nationally recognised building certificate if they pass their exams.
A new classroom block, teachers’ housing and latrines will transform the whole Mwala community, especially for pupils like Hillary.
Hillary is a grade 6 student at Mwala School. He is studying hard because he needs good science and maths to achieve his dream of becoming an electrician.
“I hope our new school will make it easier to learn, I do not enjoy my lessons in the tent”.
Mwala Community School is part of our 2014 Community Schools Programme. We want to work with three communities including Lupuka, Mwala and Chibolya.
A new school is a catalyst for change in these communities, education has a hugely positive influence on a child’s future:
- One year of education can increase future income by 10%
- A girl who completes basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV
- Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to live past the age of five.
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