- Baynards_Zambia_Trust_ Report_September_2013Grant to build a new classroom block at Chinonya School in rural Zambia
- One-year grant of £25,000
Baynards Zambia Trust (BZT) works in the southern part of Mkushi District in the Central Province of Zambia, which is a very isolated rural area with little infrastructure and inadequate education facilities. Typically, the schools are community schools, which have no Government funding and no trained teachers. This was the case at Chinonya School. The previous building was in a very rundown state with a classroom made of mud and wattle and children sitting on bricks and writing on the dirt floor. There were two untrained teachers for 180 pupils. Many children in the area were
not attending school.
BZT’s objective was to transform the educational prospects of children in the Chinonya community by investing in the school infrastructure, a prerequisite for recognition as a State Primary School which would bring Government funding. The local community were enthusiastic and agreed that they would manufacture 65,000 bricks and also procure the sand and crushed stones.
With the help of BFSS’s grant and the local delivery partner, the new classroom block was built, incorporating three classrooms and a headmaster’s office. Once the new classroom block was in use in May 2013 the School was able to open its doors to another 130 children, who had previously not attended school at all.
The Government has honoured its commitment to Chinonya becoming a State Primary School and a trained teacher funded by the Government is now in post.