Can You Help Us Help A School In Need In Zambia, Africa?

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Bridges of Peace and Hope is forging a partnership with the teachers, students and volunteers at Mukwashi Trust Primary School near Lusaka, Zambia. The goal of the partnership is to build bridges of communication, cooperation, and collaboration between the students and teachers at Mukwashi School and their peers at schools in other countries. We will exchange writing and artwork and work together on creative arts projects that express our common interests and shared desire to learn about each other’s cultures and lifestyles. Bridges of Peace and Hope will also work to support Mukwashi Trust School by providing materials and financial assistance to help them achieve their goals.

 

The Mukwashi Trust Primary School was conceived in 2003 by directors of Borassus Estates Ltd and Floribo Ltd, two local businesses, working with community members to provide primary education to the children of their employees and the local community in an area where access to schools was limited or not available at all.

The school officially opened its classrooms to about 90 students on September 4, 2006. At that time there were only two teachers. Presently, the school offers places for children from Reception (Kindergarten) to Grade 7. There are currently approximately 200 children enrolled in the school, with all available classes full and a waiting list as a result of the school's reputation. At this time the school would very much like to add facilities for grades 8 and 9 and a pre-school, and plan for a teacher training center in the future. Many area schools have phased out Grades 8 and 9 and as a result some of the students who graduate from Mukwashi’s Grade 7 are now without a secondary school to attend. 

There are only four full time teachers at the school. The average teachers salary is approximately $4,000 (US) a year. These dedicated teachers work long days and each teacher works with more than one grade level. Children attend school in shifts because that is the only way to accommodate the numbers. For example, Mulemba, the Grade 2/3 teacher teaches the grades 3 students from 7:00 am until 10:45 and then she teaches the grade 3 students from 11:00 a.m. till 2:45. Angela teaches kindergarten and grade 1; Mwangala teaches grades 4 and 5; and Judah is the school’s head teacher and he also teaches grades 6 and 7.

While the teachers are doing wonderful work for the students and their community they are in serious need of support and materials. In response to the question “What can we do to help?” we received the following reply from school director Laura Manni.

"We need a new grade 8 and 9 school block to ensure that graduates from Mukwashi have a quality start to secondary school. We have a steel structure in place for this but need resources and a builder to finish the work.We also need new desks for the classrooms  (tables and benches to seat 6 students x 6 to accommodate whole class)We now have a space for our library but we need the following for the library:

  • Shelves and rugs or mats
  • Books
  • Pillows
  • Pictures and Posters

And our classrooms need:

  • Displays for the walls
  • Maps of the world

 

If you would like to help us help the Mukwashi Trust Primary School please contact John Farrell at hoperivermusic@yahoo.com