Education is the key to success, but you need the children to unlock the door.
WHY A SCHOOL?
Okay, okay, okay! Building a school again? Is that not something development workers and missionaries did in the past in Africa? Yes, you are right. Over 59 million children and 65 million adolescents aren’t going to school. 32 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa aren’t going to school. Half of all the children who are going to school, only receive 4 years of education.
And, of all the 650 million children who follow primary education, 250 million of them follow education of a bad quality. This is the reason they will not learn how to read or write.
This also counts for Zambia and the Mpongwe district. The illiteracy rate in Zambia is 39% and Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world. In Mpongwe district 80% lives below the international poverty line and 1 out of 3 children in the district isn’t going to school.
WHERE WILL THE SCHOOL BE?
The school will be located in the Mpongwe district, in the village who carries the same name. In Mpongwe Township is an area called Turbine. This will be the exact location for Lotus Private School. Children from this area have to walk around 30 minutes to school. The school will also cater for the neighboring area of Kakombela, where children can even walk up to 60 to 90 minutes to school.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO OFFER?
A private school with affordable rates, because giving education to the children is more important than making a lot of profit. We want a school with smaller classes, a bigger focus on improving the self-esteem of the children, support their emotional development, fulfil their potential, notice if they need extra support with learning (if they have autism, ADHD or dyslexia for example) and educate more creative subjects like music, crafts and art.
Besides this we want to offer more than the standard curriculum. Earlier classes of history and geography and a bigger focus on reading and writing. This so we can help to put the illiteracy rate down.
Furthermore, we want in the future that the school can cater its own OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) project. These children should be given the chance to go to our school, but without their parents/guardians paying for them. Of course, research, interviews and visits are needed to check if these children are really vulnerable and if nobody else can help them.
Lastly, in the far future we would like to add an additional language (French for example) and host international and national students for teaching our children in the school.
WHEN WILL THE SCHOOL START?
When the fundings are coming in the start will be made immediately. The plots will be bought and the materials for the building.
Of course, the chance is there that we don’t reach our goal. We will still start and see how far we can reach with the money we collected. It will take longer, but one day the school will be opened.
WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT IN OUR SCHOOL COMPARED TO OTHER SCHOOLS IN MPONGWE?
Like said before, we want to put more focus on reading, writing, the development of the child and add more creative subjects.
Each child should have a personal file with relevant information. Parents should also be more involved with the school career of their child and will get after each term an invitation from the class teacher to have an informative conversation about their child.
Also said before, children with learning difficulties or disorders should be approached differently. For children with example ADHD or autism should be approached differently and pupils who have dyslexia should get more time to finish tests or assignments.