Oct 08,2021

Building a legacy

The BGL Legacy programme marks the end of a hugely successful partnership between the BGL Group and Build It International.

Over seven years, the partnership has impacted on the lives of over 100,000 people in Zambia through the development of five community schools and a health centre.

The 12-month Legacy programme means we’ll be back at the five schools to provide additional support around:

  • Learning to read: An exciting new collaboration with the charity The Book Bus to improve reading and numeracy at the schools. As well as supporting pupils, the programme will include training of teachers and parents to embed good literacy within the school community.​ Books will be purchased for the schools and special reading spaces created.
  • ​​Learning about the environment: Our friends at charity ReScope will deliver fun, interactive workshops for pupils and teachers on the importance of preserving the local environment.​ Schools will be supported to set up environmental clubs for the children. They will learn to develop school gardens, grow vegetables and fruit tress. Further landscaping of the school grounds will provide greenery and shade.​
  • Learning to look after the school: Build It will train local community members and several construction graduates on a buildings maintenance course to keep the schools in good order. The one week intensive course will be delivered at our Centre for Excellence. It will cover general maintenance of buildings including fixing door and window locks, replacing broken windows and borehole maintenance.​

Left to right: Jones from Build It International, Mr Boaz Banda Kapiri District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), and Mweya and Carolyn from Book Bus

Jones from Build It with Kapiri DEBS Mr Boaz Banda and Mweya and Carolyn from Book Bus

“There is much excitement and enthusiasm about this programme,” said Jones Samwenda, Build It Senior Community Development Officer.

“There’s a real sense of partnership and collaboration in helping the schools to continue to grow and thrive.

It’s bringing together teachers, parents, community leaders, DEBS and different charity partners – all of us working together to ensure brighter futures for these children for years to come. What a fantastic legacy from our friends at BGL.”

Mweya from Book Bus in a reading session at Linda School

Mweya from Book Bus in a reading session at Linda School

A number of planning visits have taken place in September and October. Different elements of the programme will start to be rolled out in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing more news and photos as the programme progresses.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this partnership. You have created a lasting impact in #BuildingBrighterFutures in Zambia.