Project information

Sikalele Community School

This project aims to improve education provision at Sikalele Community School (Zambia) by improving sanitation infrastructure and the teaching/learning environment. Activities will include building latrines and hand-washing facilities as well as providing essential teaching and learning materials.

Latrines will take 3-6 months to build. Teaching/learning materials will be bought within 3 months of receiving funding.

Charity information: African Revival

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  • Need

    Need

    There are 405 pupils at Sikalele, with just 6 latrines for pupils (68 pupils to each latrine) and no hand washing facilities on site. The school desperately needs adequate and hygienic sanitary facilities, not just for health and safety, but also to encourage girls to come to school even when on their period. Sikalele is also severely lacking in quality teaching and learning materials (it currently has just 20 up-to-date textbooks), which is having a severe impact on academic attainment.

    Solution

    Building latrines and and hand-washing facilities will improve the pupil-latrine ratio and ensure adequate and hygienic sanitary facilities, decreasing current health risks to children from disease, and helping to keep girls in school. Providing teaching and learning materials will greatly enhance the teaching/learning environment, making lessons more effective and engaging, which will ultimately improve academic achievement of pupils across the school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the learning environment and quality of education

    Activities

    » Provide quality teaching and learning materials
    » Put on a workshop for teachers on creating resources from locally found materials

    Improved learning equipment
    Increased supply of effective teaching and learning materials
    Improved teacher and student relationships
    Higher student academic achievement


    Aim 2

    Improve school water and sanitation facilities, thereby decreasing risk of diseases and drop-outs

    Activities

    » Build 2x latrine blocks
    » Construct hand-washing facilities

    Increased number of latrines
    Improved condition of latrines
    Lower student drop-out rates/Increased student completion rates
    Lower student sickness rates


  • Impact

    Impact

    As teachers and pupils are provided with a better learning and teaching environment, teacher and pupil performance is expected to improve, allowing pupils to better develop their full potential. Pupil-teacher relationships will improve, fewer students will miss lessons or drop-out of school, and academic achievement across the school will be higher as a result. Both pupils and teachers will be more engaged and committed to the future of Sikalele, and encourage future generations to follow suit.

    Risk

    There are some construction risks associated with the latrines and hand-washing facilities e.g. delay, insufficient materials. To mitigate this, we maintain good relationships with our suppliers and we always give plenty of notice when placing orders. There is a small chance that the local community won't take care of and repair the facilities when necessary - this is extremely unlikely as we only partner with school communities who have actively shown themselves to be dedicated to their school.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors 6 months after the start of the project, and then again on completion of the project. 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: £11,150

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Latrines Materials, transport, labour, contractor, inspections, tools, maintenance etc.
      £2,150 Teaching/Learning Materials Provision of materials and workshop for teachers on creating resources from locally found materials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Despite many years of peace, Zambia remains one of the poorest and least developed nations in Africa, with around two-thirds of Zambians living below the international poverty line. Sikalele is located in the Kalomo District of the Southern Province, where we are the only remaining international NGO presence, despite it being one of the most impoverished areas in the Southern Province. The area faces complex barriers to quality education, recording the poorest national exam results.

    Beneficiaries

    The 405 pupils and 4 teachers of Sikalele Community School will be the prime beneficiaries of this project, as the improved sanitation environment and additional teaching and learning materials will allow teachers and students to improve their performance. Future generations of students and teachers at the school will also benefit. In the long run, the whole community will benefit from the long-lasting impact of more educated and skilled community members.

  • 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, in both Zambia and Uganda. We have the skills, experience and processes in place.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Julia Mackay

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

    David Moono Sangweni

    David is our Construction Supervisor in the Zambia office. He has exceptional construction skills, as well as community mobilisation skills.