Project information

Mabuyu Community School

This project aims to improve education provision at Mabuyu Community School (Zambia) by improving the general infrastructure which will include building classrooms and latrines as well as providing desks, and by providing essential teaching and learning materials.

approx 12 months

Charity information: African Revival

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  • Need


    There are currently 380 pupils in grades 1-7 , with only 7 classrooms (4 of which are in temporary and run-down buildings) and 11 latrines (5 for girls, 4 for boys and 2 for staff) meaning the latrine to pupil ratio is 42 to one toilet. Good classrooms with an appropriate number of pupils are fundamental to the success or failure of a school. Due to lack of classrooms, this is not a given at Mabuyu. Additionally, Mabuyu has a dire shortage of desks (1 per 2-3 pupils), and learning materials


    Our project includes the building of additional classrooms and latrines. This will provide more learning space, but also ensure adequate and hygienic sanitary facilities, eliminating the subtle (eg. the lack of privacy, particularly for girls, is a major reason for absence and dropouts) and general (eg. disease-related) consequences. To further improve the learning environment, we aim to provide desks and high-quality teaching and learning materials.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the learning environment and quality of education


    » Build 1x3 classroom block
    » Provide desks
    » Provide quality teaching and learning materials

    Increased learning space
    Improved learning equipments
    Increased supply of teaching and learning materials
    Improved student performance

    Aim 2

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


    » Build latrines

    Increased number of latrines
    Improved condition of latrines
    Increased student completion rates

  • Impact


    As teachers and pupils are provided with a better learning environment, teacher and pupil performance is expected to improve, giving, in particular, the pupils more room and high-quality equipment to develop their full potential. The changes will hopefully be reflected in the pupils completion rates and overall performances.


    The project may involve construction risks (eg. delay, insufficient materials). To avoid this, we maintain a good relationship with our suppliers and we also give them plenty of notice when placing orders.
    Additional risks may arise from the level of teachers' and pupils' commitment to make use of the new learning space and improved equipment. To ensure ongoing improvement, we will maintain a close relationship with the school and community, and continue to monitor it.


    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: £39,008

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,141 Construction of a 1x3 classro materials, transport, labour, contractor, inspection, tools etc
      £6,697 Construction of latrines materials, transport, labour, contractor, inspection, tools etc
      £4,020 Provision of desks Desks manufactured by a local carpenter for the new classrooms
      £2,150 Provision of teaching and lear Provision of materials and workshop for teachers on creating resources from locally found material
  • Background


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


    The 380 pupils and 6 teachers of Mabuyu Community School will be the prime beneficiaries of this project, as the improved learning environment and additional teaching and learning materials will allow teachers and students to improve their performance. 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.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julia Just

    Our highly experienced Programme Manager in Zambia, Julia Just, 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.