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Project information

Mwanjawanthu Primary School Development

To develop the Primary school based in rural Zambia, Petauke district. The school has a catchment area of 20 villages and on average classroom size is 95 pupils to one teacher delivering education. We need to build more classrooms and teachers housing.

3 months

Charity information: Mothers Of Africa

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  • Need


    Currently the school covers a catchment of 20 villages and has a total of 713 pupils ranging from early childhood education to grade 9. On average the pupils to teacher ratio is 95:1. The main challenge is classroom space, there are only 6 classrooms and pupils have to do shifts to learn while others learn under a tree due to lack of space. Currently the school has 14 teachers with teachers housing for only 6. We want to address these 2 issues.


    Working with our Orkid Studio, a social enterprise initiative with whom we have partnered on previous school builds, we will build a further 4 classroom blocks and accommodation for a further 4 teachers. We will ensure the build meets regulations in order for it to be adopted by the Zambian Education Board i.e. as a fully functioning and Government supported school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build 4 classroom blocks that are a safe, inspiring and energising space for children to learn.


    » Partnering with Orkid Studio, we train a local workforce to complete the build. Student volunteers from Cardiff University, Wales also help build.

    What success will look like

    There will be design phase followed by construction that Mothers of Africa must sign off on for practical completion and handover from Orkid Studio.

    Aim 2

    To build teachers housing for 4 full time teachers.


    » We will design cost effective housing that is comfortable and practical to ensure we can attract and retain the best teaching staff possible.

    What success will look like

    As above.

    Aim 3

    To ensure the school is adopted by Zambian Government i.e. is an official community school.


    » We work with the District Education Board of Zambia closely to ensure that we have correct input throughout all phases of the build

    What success will look like

    The local District Education Board representative will be determine if the school meets criteria for full adoption. When this is satisfied we have an official inauguration.

    Aim 4

    To deliver a Primary School that applies best practice standards of teaching.


    » We implement a classroom size restriction of 30 pupils to 1 teacher and we monitor the procedures closely, working with the Headteacher.

    What success will look like

    We monitor classroom size and pupil report cards on an ongoing basis and frequently run educational workshops when our supporters go out to projects.

  • Impact


    Access to formal education (on average) increases the age at which girls become sexually active, increase the age at which they marry and reduces the number of children they have. We feel strongly that there must be a good education system to empower vulnerable girls who are otherwise at risk from falling into the commonplace teenage pregnancy; a huge cause of mortality for women in Sub Saharan Africa. By building the school, the community has a common place to support their children's future.


    Build Risk: Management of the build is by Andrew Perkins from Orkid Studio. Andrew oversees the workforce (sourced from Mwanjawanthu and surrounding communities). Mothers of Africa permanent representative in Zambia who will oversee the project is Dr. Job Mwanza (Clinical Director for Chongwe District Hospital, another of Mothers of Africa’s established projects). Dr. Mwanza was the Mothers of Africa representative for a previous build and is himself a former pupil of this Primary School.


    We communicate with donors via our social media sites; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and we also have a newsletter email updating donors and supporters of our latest news. We will be updating our website to also have a special project page. We have good media relationships for further coverage.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Build Costs Proportion of the build cost for 4 new classroom blocks
  • Background


    The school is located in rural Zambia 40km from Petauke district in the Eastern province of Zambia. The Government of Zambia are particularly challenged to properly fund the basic elements required for a thriving population e.g. healthcare and education. Long distances between schools in rural areas also limit access particularly for children in the early grades and this is further complicated by
    migratory and resettlement practices brought about by economic imperatives.


    The children of the 20 surrounding villages of Mwanjawanthu Primary School
    Petauke district community and PTA
    Petauke district District Education Board
    Local trades and suppliers
    Local workforce that we will hire

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully delivered a school build in Shiyala Village, Zambia where we built a centre of excellence that has been adopted by the Zambian Government. We partnered with Orkid Studio who are a social enterprise architectural and construction studio who operate solely in developing countries. We have proven experience in understanding what is needed to make this project a success and we will retain our management team to ensure we achieve the best results possible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Orkid Studio

    Orkid Studio will partner with us to ensure we have the best in a build; aesthetically pleasing, cost effective and ecologically resourced.

    Professor Judith Hall OBE

    Professor Hall is the founder of the charity and remains the charity CEO. She is a remarkable woman who has a passion for this work.

    Emma Smith ACCA

    Emma is the charity COO and manages the fundraising, communications and project management bringing her business and finance skills to the charity.

    Dr Job Mwanza

    Dr Mwanza is a long standing ambassador of the charity who kindly oversees the charities interests as a permanent representative in Zambia.

Helping to render to my former school would motivate a lot of children from my village as I am a living testimony of what one can achieve if determined and given a conducive learning environment.

Dr Job D. Mwanza, BSc.HB,MBcHB, MPH