Why invest in Education in Zambia?

Today, 72 million African children are missing out on secondary education, and the chance to change their lives. And therefore having children stand at the edge of an education cliff. With rapid rises in primary school enrolment, children are completing primary school in ever greater numbers but have nowhere to continue their education.

Too few schools exist, and those that do, charge unaffordable fees. As a result, just 1 in 3 Africans access secondary school. Even when they do, in many cases weak school management and ineffective teaching mean they often don’t reach their potential. And yet secondary education is completely life changing for young people.

Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS), a non-profit UK charity and the leading provider of non-state secondary schools in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was created to ensure that children do not fall off the education cliff.

On the 19th of March, 2018 PEAS held an event for Zambian and International business leaders and educationalists, which took place at Radisson Blu in Lusaka, was held to discuss the importance of investing in education in Zambia and to explore how businesses could play a greater role in their communities through supporting secondary education.

The Panel discussion focused on the importance of investing in education. The panelists discussed key themes in education including the crucial importance of businesses investing in education in Zambia, the importance of girls’ education, and the value of partnerships between non-state organizations and government.

From left John Rendel (CEO PEAS), Dr Sunday Mwape (Director of Standards and Curriculum at MOGE), Prof Esther Nkandu (Pres. of Institue of Directors and Russel Fairhurst (Trustee of Costa Foundation)

PEAS is now one of the largest and fastest-growing secondary school networks in SSA. PEAS is opening a third secondary school in Zambia, PEAS Kampinda Secondary School, located in Kasama District, Northern Province. The school will be added to the already established network and bring the number to 31 schools educating over 15, 000 children in Uganda and Zambia. Through the innovative model, it has expanded access to sustainably deliver quality secondary education.

The school is the first to be built under a new not-for-profit partnership with the Zambian government, under which PEAS finances the costs of the school construction and manages the school, and the government provides a grant for ongoing running costs of the school. PEAS Kampinda will charge zero fees to day scholars, expanding access to education for the most vulnerable. The school will provide high quality education to students and facilities include a boarding house for 66 girls, two fully equipped science labs, an (ICT) lab, a kitchen and a coffee demo plot.

Under this new partnership, PEAS and the Ministry of General Education will collaborate to build a network of up to 30 PEAS schools across Zambia over the next ten years, offering education to some of Zambia’s disadvantaged children. Rachael Kalaba, the Country Director of PEAS in Zambia, said of the partnership that “PEAS is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand access to sustainably deliver, quality secondary education across Africa.

Together we can!!