Simpact Foundation

BUILD A CLASSROOM CAMPAIGN

Through Build A Class­room cam­paign we will focus on reha­bil­i­ta­tion of class­room infra­struc­ture in order to not only improve the qual­i­ty of the learn­ing envi­ron­ment but increase capac­i­ty to increase school atten­dance.  Class­room reha­bil­i­ta­tion will include increas­ing desk capac­i­ty, instal­la­tion of win­dows, doors, writ­ing boards and oth­er learn­ing infra­struc­ture require­ments.

Class­room Block at Kamwala Mago­di in Lun­dazi caters to 306 pri­ma­ry school  learn­ers


Based on one of the schools reha­bil­i­ta­tion bud­get esti­mates, it costs between K88,000 to K120,000 per school that caters for as many as 250 – 400 learn­ers.

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Book Fund Campaign Launched

 

Every Child Deserves A Chance, It Begins With One Book

It’s esti­mat­ed that near­ly 25 per­cent of Zam­bian chil­dren attend over­crowd­ed com­mu­ni­ty schools which are plagued with poor infra­struc­ture and lim­it­ed learn­ing tools. On Octo­ber 14th we launched our Book Fund cam­paign through which we intend to improve the learn­ing con­di­tions for over 20,000 chil­dren in com­mu­ni­ty schools most­ly locat­ed in the rur­al areas. Through the sup­port of our part­ners we have so far been able to pro­vide text­books and Teacher’s guides that will ben­e­fit 2,689 chil­dren in 11 com­mu­ni­ty schools most­ly in rur­al areas with a few schools locat­ed in poor neigh­bour­hoods in Lusa­ka. Even though it only costs about ZMW56.64 (US$3.20) per child shar­ing, chil­dren in most of these schools have to learn with­out the required text­books or often have to share a book amongst many chil­dren. The com­mu­ni­ty schools unlike pub­lic schools are severe­ly under­fund­ed as they rely on lim­it­ed con­tri­bu­tions from poor com­mu­ni­ties. Based on UNICEF Zam­bia 2018 report 60 per­cent of Zambia’s chil­dren live in  pover­ty with most of the chil­dren in com­mu­ni­ty schools com­ing from these poor house­holds. While around 740,000 school aged chil­dren in Zam­bia are not in school and only about 30 per­cent of Zam­bian ado­les­cents will attain a high school edu­ca­tion.

As much as 23% of chil­dren in rur­al areas fail to attend school because of lim­it­ed learn­ing resources, this is why we will con­tin­ue to focus on schools in the rur­al areas because the deprav­i­ty of the learn­ing con­di­tions is much more than urban areas. ‘’ At Sim­pact Foun­da­tion we believe no child should be deprived of an edu­ca­tion nor have to learn in such a dif­fi­cult learn­ing envi­ron­ment.’’ said Ban­ja Mkwanazi Kayum­ba, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Sim­pact foun­da­tion at the launch of the cam­paign. ‘Through the book fund cam­paign we will help trans­form the lives of over 20,000 vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren through bet­ter qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion that will help them reach their full poten­tial. In the words of Nel­son Man­dela – ‘Edu­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful thing we can use to change the world.’And we are doing that One Book at a time!’’ she added.

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BOOK FUND CAMPAIGN

Through Our Book Fund Cam­paign we are pro­vid­ing essen­tial text­books and Teacher’s guides required for learn­ing in com­mu­ni­ty schools. While it only costs about ZMW56 (US$3.20) per child shar­ing, chil­dren learn with­out the nec­es­sary  text­books or often have to share a book amongst many oth­er chil­dren.  

Learn­ers and Teach­ers at Katon­do Com­mu­ni­ty School in Lun­dazi Rur­al that have ben­e­fit­ted from The Book Fund Cam­paign.

By Part­ner­ing with  us you can help us pro­vide much need­ed basic text­books required to improve the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion for many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

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Meet Godfrey Simfukwe

God­frey Sim­fuk­we, the prin­ci­pal and founder of Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School

was born in a rur­al remote farm set­tle­ment of Kawamb­wa dis­trict in Zam­bia. He start­ed his 1st Grade at 7yrs old and like many chil­dren in his vil­lage he had to walk over 15kms for 3hours to get to school. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this is the real­i­ty of many school going chil­dren in rur­al Zam­bia. God­frey recalls that he often had to car­ry farm pro­duce to the mar­ket before pro­ceed­ing to school on an emp­ty stom­ach and would often only have his one meal when he returned home from school. Evan as a boy he believed that he could have a bet­ter life through acquir­ing an edu­ca­tion and so he endured the long walks hop­ing for a brighter future. Upon grad­u­at­ing from High School, God­frey moved to the cap­i­tal city in Lusa­ka and acquired an arti­san cer­tifi­cate and man­aged to find work in con­struc­tion. Moved by a deep need to help oth­ers, God­frey noticed that in the poor com­mu­ni­ty of Kabanana where he set­tled in Lusa­ka there were many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from extreme­ly poor fam­i­lies who were unable to attend school.

Despite his lim­it­ed resources, God­frey worked hard to pro­vide for his fam­i­ly and not only build a home, but he also put aside some of his fam­i­ly sav­ings to set up a Com­mu­ni­ty School in his neigh­bour­hood. After 18 years of striv­ing to make his dream a real­i­ty, God­frey was able to estab­lish Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School that allows over 160 chil­dren from Ear­ly Years to 9th Grade to attend school. The school like most com­mu­ni­ty schools is severe­ly under­fund­ed with poor infra­struc­ture and relies on the school children’s par­ents’ con­tri­bu­tions which are hard­ly suf­fi­cient to run the school. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most of the par­ents can hard­ly afford to put food on the table let alone afford the month­ly school con­tri­bu­tions which are sup­posed to be used for run­ning of the school.

Accord­ing to God­frey, ‘it doesn’t mat­ter how much or how lit­tle you have, what mat­ters is that we can each in our own way make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those less for­tu­nate than our­selves.’’  ‘’We are grate­ful for Sim­pact Foundation’s Sup­port to Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School, it gives us hope that togeth­er we can real­ly make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Kabanana.’’

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Our Heroes

Teach­ers ded­i­cate their time to edu­cat­ing chil­dren, they are one of our heroes.

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