Education is not free for all children in Zambia and many receive little or no education. One of MAC’s aims is to help make schooling available to as many children as possible, enabling them to fulfill their potential and in turn, help their communities to become sustainable.
We are developing links between children, staff and parents in local UK schools and schools in the Copperbelt, sharing life experiences, learning about each others’ cultures, providing support for teachers and children. Our ambition is to help forge direct, long-term links between schools and to foster exchange visits.
Prior to our last visit to Zambia, MAC member David Evans enlisted the support of his son’s teachers and classmates at Brookburn Primary School in south Manchester to collect over fifty football shirts. They were given to children at Chimfinsa Basic School, a school supported by government funding that serves a rural community ten miles to the north of Kitwe. An impromptu football match followed. There were bruised skins and sore feet, but great fun was had by all.
In preparation for a 2-month visit to Zambia in summer 2012 by Sammy, a young Development Team member, children from Brookburn Primary School worked on an art project to produce colourful and educational wall banners to offer as gifts. Some of the Brookburn children wrote letters to children at Misenga Basic School in Kitwe, which Sammy passed on. Those who received a letter wrote back, and Sammy delivered the replies to Brookburn on her return. She also took with her donations of money, sewing and knitting equipment, clothes donated by a yoga group, stationery, pencils and crayons, all of which were received with great enthusiasm. During her time there she forged many links with school children and their teachers which MAC is now working to develop.