Nayamba Primary School was established on Nagwaza Farm in the Chisamba district of Zambia by the farm owners. It was established to educate the children of the families working on all the surrounding farms because there was no primary school close enough or affordable. This wonderful free school has attracted many children from the surrounding area. The number of children attending daily now exceeds 290.
The school initially consisted of 3 classrooms and one small office. The school was having to offer half day timetables in order to provide education for grades 1-7. It now consists of 9 classrooms, a preschool, kitchen, staff room and a library space. We have also built accommodation for all teaching staff so they are able to live on site. (Given it's rural location, there were no local accommodation options.) We have a caretaker, who maintains the grounds and buildings, and a cook, who provides a hot enriched porridge for every pupil each day. We have also built a playground, football pitch and netball court for the children to enjoy. The school follows the Zambian curriculum and pupils of each grade can now have their own classroom and teacher each day.
We believe that education can transform whole communities, and that is why we want Nayamba School to be able to provide an outstanding free education to any child in the community who wishes to attend. Nayamba School is already becoming the hub of the community, with the church using the building at weekends and the new library, but this is just the beginning. Alongside the children's education we want to run adult literacy and numeracy evening classes as well as workshops that tackle health and social issues that the families face. We also hope to provide a first class secondary education in the future and in 2017 we have been able to add Grade 8 to our school provision. We will also be establishing a social enterprise business whose profits will go into helping the school cover its ongoing running costs. This business will also provide essential apprenticeship opportunities for young adults.
In order for us to move towards this vision our first step was to improve the infrastructure of the primary school. For the learners to be given the best possible education they needed to be able to have their own classroom for their grade for a complete day. To this end, in 2016 we fundraised for 4 more classrooms and a preschool class, as well as 5 additional teachers houses and an ablutions block. This ensured we had a primary school that was 100% complete. We now need regular donors who would be willing to commit to supporting our teacher salary commitments as without our fabulous teachers the building works are worthless. We also value our food programme which ensures pupils basic nutritional needs are met; it also encourages pupils to attend regularly and pupils are more focussed to learn when they are not hungry. To find out more about how you could help as a regular giver click here.