For the past two months, builders at Monde Primary School - located in a rural area on the outskirts of Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe - have worked tirelessly on the school’s new pre-school classroom. A generous donation to ALERT has allowed the builders to work efficiently and the completion of the pre-school classroom is coming to fruition.
After plastering of the walls was completed, the volunteers from our partner project, African Impact, were set the task of painting an undercoat. Once dried, volunteers and staff from ALERT continued their efforts by painting the top half of the classroom walls blue and the bottom half a glossy grey. Paint rollers were needed to cover the top half of the walls, while paintbrushes were used to get through the nooks and crannies above and below. This week, skirting boards will be painted on the bottom of the walls. Doors have now been installed in each of the classroom’s storeroom and office, and will be coated and weather sealed. With completion of the inside of the classroom, pre-school classes can now be conducted. An oily based weather resistant paint has been painted on the walls outside. The same colours have been applied and a few additional decorations and artwork from local community members will be added as the final touch.
In another rural community, this one located in Maunga - close to Dambwa Forest on the outskirts of Livingstone in Zambia - another generous donation is seeing a new grade 8 and 9 classroom being built. Maunga School is the only school, other than pre-schools, serving this community. With 200 pupils taught by six teachers, facilities are stretched beyond their means. Currently the school is only able to provide education up to grade 7 (aged 14). To complete their compulsory education up to grade 9 (aged 16), pupils must travel a minimum of 20 kilometres to the nearest available school. As a result many do not attend, staying at home or opting to work in illegal activities such as poaching or charcoal burning.
Additional school buildings on the existing school site will release pressure on the current infrastructure and crucially allow for the provision of teaching at grades 8 and 9, thereby increasing educational standards and providing the community’s children with a better future.
About Our School Development Projects
Our aim is to increase the capacity of the schools with which we work to offer higher learning possibilities for their pupils. All the schools surrounding our project sites are severely resource limited with classes that are over-crowded and lacking educational materials. Our projects therefore focus on: school building and refurbishment to create improved learning environments; resource provision of educational materials needed to enhance lessons, and teacher assistance to help teachers plan and run lessons more effectively. All programmes are operated in agreement with the school in question, and with approval from relevant educational boards.
You can support our work by:
- Making a donation
- Sponsoring a school
- Joining us at one of our project sites as an intern or volunteer