Setting students up for success

This project aims to provide a suite of wrap-around services complimentary to Impact Network's "eSchool 360" model that will support students from Early Childhood to Secondary School and provide them with 21st Century skills and a pathway to lifelong learning. More specifically the project aims to construct two learning centres, latrines and libraries. The centers will provide a multipurpose room for Early Childhood Development classes, also serving as an auditorium for student assemblies and extra-curricular programmes. The space aims to be a catalyst for community engagement, collaboration, and development. 60 students will be sponsored through secondary school and a guidance counselor, providing  additional support and motivation to young girls, will be made available at the newly constructed centers. The counselor will also work with  families, using Impact Networks' financial literacy programmes, to ensure that they can save funds for their children's future education. The project also includes the implementation of environmental sustainability practices such as  rainwater harvesting systems, education upcycling and tree planting.

Impact Network is an international non-profit organisation founded in 2009. It aims to provide high quality e-learning solutions in rural Africa. Its eSchool 360 system was developed as a way to sustain high quality education for less than $3 a month per student. It provides locally-hired teachers with a tablet, projector and training to deliver e-learning lessons effectively.


News

Type

Education / Community Development

Duration

January 2020 - december 2022

Location

Zambia

With whom

Impact Network

Website

www.impactnetwork.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.