Project information

Mulwazi Primary School, Zambia

This project aims to support the provision of quality education for primary school children at Mulwazi Primary School, in rural Zambia, by providing classroom furniture (desks).

1-3 months (depending on the season)

Charity information: African Revival

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  • Need

    Need

    The school is lacking in classroom furniture. Sitting on the floor or at cramped desks leads to poor writing habits, inhibiting children’s literacy progression and discouraging them from writing. Furthermore it is not
    hygienic; young children are prone to poor hygiene habits, and sitting on the floor exacerbates this problem, particularly if school floors are not cleaned thoroughly.

    Solution

    By providing desks for pupils, the main objective is to ensure that children attending lessons are not forced to sit on the floor or at cramped desks, both of which inhibit the quality of education children are receiving. The provision of such furniture improves the overall learning environment, which has a substantial impact on teaching and learning. Appearance of a classroom is important and has been shown to affect children’s behaviour.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide sufficient furniture to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning environment

    Activities

    » We will source locally produced desks

    Improved learning environment, ultimately leading to improved teacher and student performance


  • Impact

    Impact

    The provision of such furniture improves the overall learning environment, which has a substantial impact on teaching and learning. Appearance of a classroom is important, and has been shown to affect children’s behaviour.
    It is a basic and important step to ensure that children adopt the best literacy practices as early on as possible. In addition, sitting at a desk gives children the sense that they are doing something of importance; that there is an intrinsic worth in being at school.

    Risk

    Risks include poor quality carpenters or delays with work. However, we are well established in Zambia, with a local office based in Kalomo. We work with pre-approved contractors and do not use middlemen. We personally oversee our work.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors twice - 6 months after the start of the project, and then 6 months after that. Reports will include photos and feedback from staff, students and community members. We will also evidence impact of the project against key indicators from the baseline survey.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,020

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,020 Furniture To provide sufficient desks for the children at the school

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    This project is in the Kalomo District of the Southern Province in Zambia. The school is located in a rural area, 60km away from the nearest town. We are the only remaining international NGO presence in Kalomo, despite it being one of the most impoverished areas in the Southern Province. The area faces complex barriers to quality education provision, recording the poorest national and district exam results. Our staff are based locally.

    Beneficiaries

    The school is currently attended by 450 pupils, from grades 1-9; the prime beneficiaries of this project. Additionally, the school caters for 20 local villages (approx. 500 households), which will benefit from the long-lasting impact of more educated and skilled community members. Teachers at the school will also benefit from the improved teaching and learning environment provided by the new classroom furniture.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only remaining international NGO presence in the Kalomo District, despite it being one of the most impoverished areas of the Southern Province. Our skilled and experienced staff are based within the local community, so they are accountable to them. We have 10 years of experience running such projects, and have run similar projects very successfully in the past.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Julia Just

    Our highly experienced Programme Manager in Zambia, Julia Just, will be in charge of overseeing and managing the project.

The children of Mulwazi primary school