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School Support & Beyond

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2014-04-05

At the end of March Chris Hendriks of SOZ and two representatives of School Support & Beyond (SS&B) paid a visit to Kalwala. The objective was on one hand to introduce the representatives of SS&B to the staff of the schools and the Ministry officials – SS&B finances and supports the Schoollunch project that aims at supplying all pupils and students of Kalwala schools (altogether they count up to more than 1000 by now) with a healthy meal during schooldays. On the other hand we wanted to discuss the recent developments and see what impact they have on the priorities for the years to come.

Project proposal: Schoollunch

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2014-01-27

Project proposal for the organization of school lunches

Projectplan PiVoT

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2014-01-27

This document describes project PiVoT

PiVoT strategy

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2014-01-27

Strategic plan for PiVoT 2011 - 2014

School lunch

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2014-01-25

The schools in Kalwala do not only get pupils and students from the nearby villages but also from places further away. This is because the possibilities to get education in the region are limited. But also the good reputation of the schools in Kalwala plays a part. Attracting students from far away is nice but has a drawback. Walking all the way from home, spending the day at school and then walking back home without any food is tough, especially for teenagers. And not only that, insufficient nutrition also slows down the intellectual development and limits the ability to concentrate. Therefor there was already for some time the wish to supply all students – about 400 in total – daily with a healthy meal at lunchtime. Hence we were all very happy when the foundation School Support and Beyond offered to adopt the realization of the necessary facilities as a project (the Schoollunch project). They will (financially) take care of the construction and furnishing of a dining hall and kitchen and the realization of a school garden for growing maize and vegetables. Last November the project had its kick-off and the maize has been planted – just in time to make full use of the rainy season. Soon the construction of the dining hall will start.

The administration block that has been worked on all 2013 reaches its completion. The building also has a staff room for teachers of as well the secondary school as the vocational school. In this staff room a computer and Internet facility is going to be realized. In that way lecturers have the opportunity to keep track of the latest developments in their fields and to enrich their lessons with realistic and up to date examples.

A delegation of the foundation mentioned before as well as a representative of SOZ will visit the schools in Kalwala by the end of next March. During that trip they hope to realize the computer facilities and to discuss the Schoollunch project with stakeholders in the schools and with representatives of the Ministry. These discussions will also give input to the new Strategic Plan. As well this Plan as the evaluation of the past planning period will be published on the SOZ website by the end of 2014,

 

Annual Report 2013

Project: Algemeen - Date: 2014-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2013, SOZ's fourth year.

Changes coming up

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2013-10-25

In the coming years many things will change for the schools in Kalwala. On one hand this is because more people will come and live in the area. This is a result of the fact that Chinsali has become the capital of the new province Muchinga. The new offices and houses will be realized in the area between the existing center of Chinsali and the Great North Road (the main connection between Zambia and Tanzania). Kalwala is situated right in this area. The fast growth does not only mean an increasing number of pupils but also more heterogeneity. In one of the next reports we will discuss this issue in more detail.

Apart from the quantitative growth there is the change in the educational structure in Zambia. In 2012 a new framework for education in Zambia was adopted. The changes will affect vocational education in the sense that its position becomes more clear and its importance increases. The web page Developments in the Zambian Education System on this website discusses the reforms more extensively.

The changes in the educational structure correspond well with the strategy of Kalwala Trades School (presently Kalwala School for Continuing Education). Co-operation between the vocational oriented Trades School and the academically oriented High School has always been pursued in order to reach economy of scale and increase the accessibility.

On more than one occasion the Ministry has indicated to favor the approach in Kalwala. The integration of vocational and academic education is considered an example for the region.

A peek into the construction

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2013-10-16

To get a solid construction a  so-called ring beam in included in the walls. A ring beam consists of iron rods that are cast in concrete. The iron in kept in the right position in the concrete by interconnecting  three bars by triangles.

The construction of an office-block

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2013-09-25

This year an office-block is being built by the students. It will consist of offices for as well the Secondary School as the School for Continuing Education. There will also be a staff room included in it. This staff room will be used by teachers of both schools. It will offer facilities like computer and Internet access.

Progression

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2013-02-25

The school continues to evolve. The course 'Bricklaying and Plastering' is offered now for the third year. All students could find a job quite easily after completion of the course. A lot of construction is going on in the region. That is partly because the nearby town of Chinsali has become the capital of the new province Muchinga.

As from this year also a program on metalwork and a course on the use of computers have started.