Improving Access To Quality Education

Access To Qual­i­ty Edu­ca­tion Can Play A Crit­i­cal Role In Address­ing Pover­ty

Zam­bi­a’s coun­try sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals progress report cites a lack of edu­ca­tion by house­hold head as one the largest con­trib­u­tor to pover­ty. With a Human Cap­i­tal Index (HCI) of 0.4, Zam­bia is amongst the 30 coun­tries with the low­est Human cap­i­tal. At age 18, chil­dren will acquire only 5.2 years of learn­ing despite com­plet­ing 9.2 years of edu­ca­tion. In an effort to help vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren step out of gen­er­a­tional pover­ty, our edu­ca­tion devel­op­ment pro­grams focus­es on improv­ing the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion in poor­ly fund­ed com­mu­ni­ty schools. Unlike pub­licly fund­ed schools, com­mu­ni­ty schools rely on con­tri­bu­tions from most­ly poor com­mu­ni­ties. The school’s qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion is under­mined by poor class­room infra­struc­ture, very high teacher-stu­dent ratio, lim­it­ed or no text­books and lack of suf­fi­cient­ly qual­i­fied teach­ers. Most of the schools we sup­port are in the rur­al parts of the coun­try where 23 per­cent of school aged chil­dren are out of school while 60 per­cent of chil­dren are deprived in three or more dimen­sions simul­ta­ne­ous­ly.

23 Per­cent Of School Aged Chil­dren In The Rur­al Parts Of Zam­bia Are Out Of School

Our Approach

Book Fund

Mak­ing Books More Acces­si­ble

The qual­i­ty of learn­ing in com­mu­ni­ty schools is ham­pered by an acute short­age of books. Sad­ly, chil­dren often have to learn with­out text­books or have to share a few books among many learn­ers. Because we believe in the trans­for­ma­tive pow­er of books, we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing books freely acces­si­ble to the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren through the estab­lish­ment of libraries in poor­ly fund­ed com­mu­ni­ty schools. Through the sup­port of our part­ners we are help­ing improve the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion and lit­er­a­cy lev­els. Our ben­e­fi­cia­ry libraries are most­ly fund­ed by our part­ners kind dona­tions which include new and used books, library fur­ni­ture and oth­er infra­struc­ture among oth­ers.

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Build A Classroom

The Class­room Is A Place Where Chil­dren Can Learn And Dream Of A Bet­ter Future

Our work involves build­ing and reha­bil­i­tat­ing poor class­room infra­struc­ture to help improve the learn­ing envi­ron­ment and increase school atten­dance for many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren. Sad­ly, chil­dren in most of the com­mu­ni­ty schools we sup­port have to learn in makeshift or incom­plete class­room build­ings with lim­it­ed desks and in some cas­es, chil­dren have to sit on the floor to learn. We believe that no child should be sub­ject­ed to such learn­ing con­di­tions, through Build A Class­room pro­gram we work with part­ners to reha­bil­i­tate class­room infra­struc­ture to cre­ate a bet­ter learn­ing envi­ron­ment and increase access to qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion for many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.


Water San­i­ta­tion And Hygiene

By sup­port­ing access to clean water, san­i­ta­tion facil­i­ties and improv­ing hygiene prac­tices we ensure that chil­dren are pro­tect­ed from water­borne dis­eases so they can stay healthy and in school. Most of our tar­get ben­e­fi­cia­ry schools rely on bore­holes to access clean water and usu­al­ly rely on hand pumps while san­i­ta­tion facil­i­ties are gen­er­al­ly in a poor state. Through our work we also improve men­stru­al hygiene man­age­ment in com­mu­ni­ty schools in order to help keep girls in school and avert ear­ly mar­riages.

Through Our Work We Are Help­ing Keep Girls In School And Avert­ing Ear­ly Mar­riages