The educational system in Zambia is based on a so called 9-3-4 structure, that is nine years basic education including 7 years Primary (grade 1-7) and 2 years Junior Secondary School (grade 8-9),
three years Senior Secondary School (High School, grade 10-12) and
four years of College/University.
Only the Primary School is free of charge, although school uniform and books need to be bought. For all education beyond primary, students have to qualify with tests and are required to pay school fees.
In Zambia there are different types of schools depending on their ownership:
Governmental Schools (supported by the government) and Community Schools
(sponsored by the community and the church).
In Boarding School students receive room and board.
Even though Primary School education is compulsory, it is not enforced consistently. Additionally in rural areas, as in Kashikishi, there is a shortage of teachers and the classes are mostly overcrowded (70-80 students) which affects individual learning. So only about 20%-30% can read and write after the primary school. 47% cannot finish the Primary School because their families are unable to pay for uniforms and books. The hardest hit are the orphans and half-orphans, because their relatives have trouble to support even their own children. So orphans are particularly vulnerable and do require most support as education is a huge advantage in life.
By making a donation or agreeing to a sponsorship for the Schoolproject for Orphans and Vulnerable Children you will play an important role in the lives of these children.