Simpact Foundation


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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