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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.


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.

Annual Report 2012

Project: General - Date: 2013-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2012, SOZ's third year.

Second year of the Bricklaying and plastering course

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2012-09-25

The course 'Bricklaying and Plastering' is in its second year now. The first group has completed the program and a new group of schoolleavers has started. Business as usual one might say. The advantage is that it gives staff and management time to prepare new courses.

Annual Report 2011

Project: General - Date: 2012-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2011, SOZ's second year.


Project: PiVoT - Date: 2011-11-25

Last September the students doing the course on Bricklaying and Plastering went for internship . They could do their in-service training at the building site of the new teacher training college about 20 km north. By working at this - for the region - large project they get the opportunity to familiarize themselves with many aspects of building .

Formal start

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2011-05-25

The school is ready to start officially. After the classrooms for theoretical lessons also the lab rooms for practical training have been completed (pictures 1, 2, 3 and 4 below). Furniture has been constructed by the school (picture 5). All preparations have been made for the course in Bricklaying and Plastering. The students have made themselves the bricks that are going to be used in classes (photo 3 on the right) and most of the tools have been purchased (picture 6). The final approval from Teveta – the Zambian organization for accreditation of vocational education –  is expected shortly.

Start of the bricklaying training

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2011-01-25

Construction of buildings is progressing. The block with two labs and the associated storage space is halfway (see pictures above). It will be available mid-February.