Zambezi Sawmills is currently one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged community schools that The Africa Impact Foundation works with in Livingstone. Zambezi Sawmills schools 560 children between the ages of 6 – 16. Situated within the Zambezi compound, the school is presently operating out of an unsecured site that is open to vandalism and theft.
As the school is in such an open area, vandalism and theft are common and the classroom windows are broken meaning the noise from outside is very disruptive for the teachers and students. The community also use the site as a socialising spot in the evenings and there is often broken glass and litter all over the grounds making it a hazard for the children (they often go barefoot to play sports). Due to the overcrowding, the school had to turn away over 100 children this year who wanted to enrol.
Building additional classrooms and enabling the school to accept more children an additional grades, giving them a chance at an education. A security wall will prevent vandalism and the inappropriate use of the school grounds in the evenings and on weekends by members of the surrounding community, as well as making the school a much safer environment for children to learn and play in. A teacher’s house will allow the school to support a member of staff and will also mean that the school can be guarded around the clock by.
Long Term Impact:
By making these alterations to the school, it is our dream that not only will the school be able to maintain its own social enterprises but will in the future achieve Primary School status and receive the accompanying government support.
- 2017: A collective group of volunteers, staff, principals, teachers and the surrounding community identified the need for another classroom block as the Head Teacher was turning down 2-3 new students per day due to the lack of space.
- 2018: we secured all of the funds to enable the building of a classroom block containing two rooms, which will educate 120 students daily, as well as a teachers’ lounge, which will host the 16 dedicated teachers who teach over 600 students per day. The teacher, student ratio has now significantly decreased with the ratio reading around 1 teacher to 40 students. Additionally, over 220 textbooks were donated which the school made use of very quickly.
- 2019: This classroom block with teachers’ lounge will be completed as well as a new library. At the end of 2018 it was confirmed by the Head Teacher that exam rates had been showing a good increase over 2 years and are showing a 30% increase in Grade 7 exams.