Kaniki Orphans Project, Zambia
Last year wonderful Year 3 teacher, Miss McBeth, worked in Zambia for the year. Read all about what she is got up to!
"I have a real passion for third world education. Indeed I spent several weeks teaching EYFS in South Africa two years ago.
As we know with our children, education provides opportunities and gives children the ability to make informed choices. This is no more true than in third world rural Zambia! For the academic year 2013-14, I am going to be working with a Christian Charity that is in the final stages of a building project that will enable orphaned children to receive an education."
- Kaniki Orphans Project supports approximately 300 orphans in and around the local area of Ndola in Zambia. The main aim is to support families in taking care of the orphans. This support is in the form of paying school fees, buying material and sewing school uniforms. School materials and exercise books are also distributed.
- There are 277 orphans in KOP at present and the costs of running the project are high. While the benefits to families in the KOP program are good (ie: the children get to stay in a family environment and have access to education) it has become apparent that the quality of education many receive from the local government school is well below the standard we expect.
- The KOP intend beginning a new Christian Primary School on the adjoining plot to Kaniki Bible University College. The school will begin with a reception class (age 5) where children will begin learning a good standard of English. We hope even this basic teaching will enable greater scope for education and employment in later life.
- The school will be called Kapumpe which is a Bemba word meaning 'Eagles' and we want all KOP (Kaniki Orphans Project) children to rise up from the poverty that entangles their lives and gain a fresh new perspective on life, we really believe they can soar!
I will be helping to finish build and prepare the school for opening in September. Once the school is open I will be teaching a small class of 5 and 6 year olds for the year. The curriculum will be based upon the English curriculum with Zambian elements such as geography and history! I will also be doing home visits for all of the children supporting the orphan families.
I will return with diverse experiences that will hopefully benefit our children at St John’s and St Clement’s. I know my experience will provide the school with a fantastic opportunity to cultivate a great link with a Christian school in a developing country and unlock many cross curricular opportunities.
p.s. I will try to keep you updated throughout the year with news and photos!"
Sent from Miss McBeth Sept 2013 (above)
Update Feb 2014:
I have experienced so much over the past 6 months it's hard to know where to begin!
Some of my highlights have been:
~ holding a snake, a poisonous one (Accidentally grabbing hold of a snakes tail in the bush was not such a highlight!)
~ doing the worlds 2nd highest bungee jump
~ hanging over the top (literally) of Victoria falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.
When I arrived in Zambia in August the school was quite far behind schedule...as seems to be common in Africa! So instead I began teaching in the nursery school where I live and brought in the children who would join Kapumpe school to help them pick up as much English as possible. Moving to Zambia was a big adjustment and I had to get used to a new language, new climate and a completely different culture but Zambia is a beautiful country with beautiful people and I very quickly grew to love it.
We finally opened the school on 6th January 2014 and I've never seen children so excited to come to school which made all the hard work worth it. In the 2 weeks the children have been at the school they have already picked up quite a lot of English, having started with only one or two phrases, which makes communication much easier. It's been a good experience for me, learning how to plan and prepare lessons with limited resources.
Alongside the school I've been getting involved with orphan project and will start doing more home visits this term. I've also been going to a local village school once a week to help train teachers and teach phonics. I've been teaching grade 4 although the children are aged between 11-14 and are learning year one phonics which tells you something of education in Zambia. The fact that a blackboard and desks are the only resources available in the whole school though does not help matters.
I hope to be able to share lots more of the progress the Kapumpe children are making with you over the coming weeks and possibly some more of my crazy adventures!
For more photographs from Miss McBeth go to our galleries page.
Miss McBeth is now back in school - feel free to ask her more about her experiences.