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Chibolya Community School

In 2012, thanks to the generosity of the Savannah Charitable Trust, we were able to support local NGO, Chibolya Education and Health Organisation (CEHO), to establish Chibolya Community School.

The Savannah Charitable Trust and other supporters are helping us to fund the running costs and ongoing development of this thriving, primary school which currently has five classrooms and supported 350 pupils from pre-school to Grade 7 in 2017.

Background

Chibolya is an extremely poor, rural community of 10,000 people in Southern Province. 90% of local adults are illiterate and the village has many social and health problems.

The closest state primary is heavily oversubscribed so, in 2005, CEHO volunteers started teaching village children in a disused beer hall.

Dark, cramped and without running water this was far from ideal so in 2012 we raised funds to build two light, airy classrooms a nursery block and latrines.

We are grateful to the many donors who have funded and continue to support:

CEHO have sensitised the villagers on the benefits of education for girls, who traditionally  work in the house until they are married off at puberty. Consequently over half the pupils are female and the community are very involved with running the school.

Disabled pupils

The school has an on site boarding house so disabled pupils from outlying areas can attend classes on a daily basis. They have a trained support worker, two house mothers, adaptive equipment and are fully integrated into lessons and playtimes.

Future Plans

The school currently provides full-primary to Grade 7, and plans to expand to lower secondary Grades 8-9. Further down the line CEHO is keen to provide Upper Secondary through to Grade 12 (GCE).

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Mary - Grade 1

Chibolya welcoming committee

Classroom 1

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Feeding programme at Chibolya