Education is a privilege
As in many places throughout Africa, a good education is precious – only one in four Zambians finish secondary school.
Grinding poverty and the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic mean sending children to school is out of reach for many families. Even when children can go to school, the average class size is around sixty pupils.
Literacy rate lower than the national average
The Damview Basic School for primary-aged children is on the edge of land where a new SOS Village has been created at Chipata, near the Malawian border. In Chipata, the adult literacy rate is 48%, compared to the national average of 71%.
After nursery school in the SOS Village, SOS children will go to Damview Basic – along with hundreds of children from the local community.
Apart from building the new village at Chipata (on land donated by Zambia’s Eastern Province government), SOS Children is paying for the DamView school to be upgraded. It will have more classrooms, electricity, plumbing and new toilet blocks. Hopefully there will also be funds for more school books, desks and other equipment.
Reaching vulnerable children
More than 3,000 community schools across Zambia, such as Damview Basic, provide an education for one-quarter of primary school children in the country. Community schools specialise in reaching vulnerable children.
SOS Children ensures that all the children in its care go to school. Where there are no schools, we build one. This means all children in a community have the chance to receive a quality education.