Kampasa School Zambia

INTO Giving opened a brand new E-Learning and Community Development Centre, a project that helps fund the local school

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Between 2014-16 INTO Giving supported the Kampasa Community School in Lusaka with £11,000 of funding toward an E-Learning and Community Development Centre, an income-generating project that helps fund the school.  

INTO Giving's initial donation of £10,000 supported four months of project running costs, as well as classroom materials and equipment. INTO has also donated ten refurbished computers,  for the use of local residents and the children who attend the Kampasa School.

In 2016, we followed up with a donation of £1,000 toward solar power equipment, to keep the centre running during the frequent (and frequently long-lasting) power cuts across Zambia. 

Beginning in 2017, income generated from the e-learning centre contribute to the financing of the school, including teachers’ salaries, ensuring its long-term sustainability.

 

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

The Kampasa Community School is located in the John Laing compound, a slum area of Lusaka, with a population of  120,000. In 2012 Febian Watanuka converted his nightclub, on the edge of the compound, into a school for local children, particularly those who are orphaned by the HIV and Aids crisis in Zambia, and who wouldn’t otherwise have access to other local primary schools.

Many of the pupils have lost one or both parents and are from extremely poor families.  Febian works closely with the local community, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and other local organisations. The District Education Board also make regular inspections to ensure the school is running effectively.

Together with INTO, the Kampasa Community School teamed up with School Club Zambia, a UK registered educational charity and a Zambian NGO. School Club Zambia worked with the Kampasa School to set up the E-Learning and IT Centre, provide technical support, and manage the monitoring and evaluation of the e-learning centre and the school.  

THE GOOD NEWS
The E-Learning and Community Development Centre was completed in October 2015 and officially opened in February 2016.  The importance of the centre is  perhaps summed up best by Elijah, one of the local children:

I am happy that we now have an E-Learning Centre where I learn about how to type and save documents, how to check the meaning of words and even how to play some games. The Centre is also good because it is making money for our school and it has given our parents the opportunity to learn as well.”       Elijah –Aged 12

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