In 2013 BFSS gave a grant of £10,000 to African Revival towards the construction of an additional 3-classroom block at Muumba Community Primary School, 36 km from the town of Kalomo in Zambia’s Southern Province. The School had 3 classrooms and 2 untrained community teachers for 206 children. The shortage of accommodation meant that multi-grade teaching was necessary and classes had to be held in the late afternoon.
The new classroom block has now been finished, thereby doubling the number of classrooms at the School. The local community made a very significant contribution in terms of the materials provided – bricks, sand, gravel – and also some of the labour.
As African Revival’s report shows, the additional classroom block has made a big difference to Muumba. More pupils are enrolling. Several classes can now be held simultaneously, which means that classrooms are now available after school for other activities such as women groups, youth friendly activities etc. With the improved infrastructure, Government support is now available and one Government trained/paid teacher has already been posted to the School, bringing to 3 the number of teachers at the School. Parents report an improvement in teacher attendance, commitment and support, especially due to the support of the Government trained teacher. As African Revival say, “The BFSS funding definitely helped to boost the teachers’ motivation and the community now take pride in the new school and its upgrade”.