Agricultural hubs for sustainable schools

The project's multi-pronged approach aims to establish agricultural school-run businesses in order to provide rural schools with sustainable sources of income using organic agricultural practices and relevant ICT resources. More specifically the project will establish and agricultural hub shop social enterprise in two partner schools benefitting 880 students. The school-run enterprises will be managed and marketed by the schools Enterprise Committees (6 students, 2 teachers, 2 community members), enabling 2,000 farmers within the schools’ vicinity to have improved access to tools and resources, ultimately increasing yield and profit. Farmers will have increased knowledge of sustainable organic farming principles and be supported in how to market and grade their produce. The two partner schools will be equipped with ZeduPads (e-learning tablets) improving the quality of education across all curriculum subjects.

School Club Zambia is a UK and Zambian registered organization working with schools to ensure every child has access to high quality, vocational and creative education leading to job security and better life opportunities.

Type

Education / Health / Environment / Community Development

Duration

May 2019 - July 2022

Location

Sinazongwe District / Zambia

With whom

School Club Zambia 

Website

schoolclubzambia.org/

Zambia

Population
17 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,290/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
54% (2015)

Literacy rate
83% (2016)

Human Development Index
144th out of 189 countries (2018)

Zambia has experienced political stability since its independence in 1964 together with a decade of rapid economic growth (average annual growth 6.4%). This growth has not translated into significant poverty reduction, with 54% of the population living under the poverty line and 42% living in extreme poverty. Significant challenges remain in addressing maternal mortality (224 deaths/100,000 live births), preventing new HIV infections, secondary school education, increasing access to clean water and sanitation, and sustainable environmental development. Food insecurity and undernutrition need to be addresses. Farmers practice subsistence-style farming and rely heavily on seasonal rains, leaving them vulnerable to unpredictable weather patterns.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.