Zambia visit 2011: Chiwawatala School

Chiwawatala is the school that is based near the airport and closer to civilisation; it is thriving and really established now. They receive the books and educational resources each term and have a good teacher: student ratio for Africa (1:50)! They also now have electricity, a library and a water tank. The World Food Organisation have provided them with special cookers which use less wood and every day they provide a meal of beans and maze meal for all 800 children. In the last two years it has expanded and now they teach Grade 8 and 9 as well. I really enjoyed seeing their head teacher Charles Zulu and have known him now for 9 years. He is a great man who now oversees all of the head teachers in the area which is great for Sausage Tree as it means the government are far less likely to move him, which they usually do every few years.

The school has rebuilt the vegetable garden and with the help of Conservation Science Africa (CSA) the children are going to learn about sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of growing vegetables. Currently CSA also has a couple of their own plots on the school campus and the produce is sold to Mfuwe Lodge; a percentage of the profit is then given to the school. The lady who works for them, Lisa, also now works for my team out there too which is a fantastic link up. The trees from the tree planting scheme are growing well and Lisa is going to initiate this scheme again soon.

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