In 2009, Mothers Without Borders responded to the growing need for a Primary School (the children living at the CRC were walking 5 miles each way to attend the closest school) by opening our own school, located just yards away from the Children’s Resource Center in Zambia. The school began classroom instruction with 1 teacher and the children living in our orphan care center in a two room chicken coop.
Within days the families from the surrounding communities made the long trek up to the school to inquire about enrolling their children. By the end of the first school year, enrollment had grown to over 50 students with 3 full time staff members; and we began building classrooms in earnest!
We now have more than 120 students in 6 classrooms, and our staff has grown to 9, which includes full time teachers and administrators. We also offer basic literacy classes for an additional 87 students from the community, and an adult literacy program for the parents of our students.
Two of our teachers trave 1-2 hours each way to arrive at school before the beginning bell at 7:50 am, and don’t get home until well after 6 pm. The remaining staff are housed at the Children’s Resource Center, and we hope to build a block of housing during the 2013 school year, which will provide on-site housing for all teachers.
A sample lesson plan for school is shown below:
- 08:00 – 09:00 Reading
- 09:00 – 10:00 Language
- 10:00 – 10:10 Break
- 10:10 – 11:10 Math
- 11:10 – 12:10 Science
- 12:10 – 13:15 Lunch
- 13:15 – 14:15 Social Development Studies (SDS)
- 14:15 – 15:00 Creative Technology Studies (CTS)
- 15:00 – 15:30 Study
- 15:30 – 16:00 Gardening
Reading, Language and Math are taught by level. Science, SDS and CTS are taught by grade. CTS is considered an art class and can include sports, clay scuplting, knitting, sewing and other skills. Science is a blend of the Zambian and American curriculums.
Through the generous donations of many, our school is equipped with curriculum designed to assist in rapid advancement of the students. Utilizing a blend of curriculum found in schools around the world, we are able to provide both teachers and students with the tools they will need to compete for placement in secondary schools, and beyond.
Thanks to the effots of our international volunteers, the school has a wide selection of books for the children to enjoy, in class or on their own.