The Beyond Ourselves team here in Zambia are looking forward to a full and exciting term ahead.
This term we will be focussing on our roles and responsibilities as a charity, as well as the Community Schools’ roles and responsibilities and how our relationship will develop. Many of our tasks and activities here stay the same but the longer we work together in partnership with the local communities the more we learn about what we can change and what is working well.
The Zambian government have recently produced some guidelines detailing exactly what schools, leaders and their supporting charity’s responsibilities are. This has been really helpful and so this Friday we will be meeting with our partner schools’ Senior Leadership Teams to go through these guidelines.
We see a large part of our role here as promoting sustainability in continuous education development. On Monday we are hosting a “Waste to Toys” workshop. This will be run by a South African organisation who are passionate about using local resources and waste materials to make toys and school resources. We have had the opportunity to offer this workshop to other charities and community schools in our area and are hoping to have 12 different schools and organisations represented on the day.
During October we play host to Cranleigh school 6th form team and then an ‘Admin team’. Both teams will help us to interview and collect information on all the children registered in our schools. We use this data - changes in health and weight etc. - to inform us of the benefits of the feeding programme and where there are additional needs.
In Zambia, Grade 7 is the last year of primary education and so the children will be taking their final exams in November. This term for them means plenty of extra work and hard revision. Passing means a chance to attend a secondary school and passing with a good result means a better choice of secondary school.
The 5th December marks the end of term and the start of the ‘Summer holidays’ for our schools. The Beyond Ourselves team will then start to look ahead to the new school year.
Keep posted for more detailed posts of our upcoming events…