Zambia

In Zambia, nearly a third of young girls (aged 15-24) are illiterate.

A child from Lusaka in ZambiaIn Zambia, there are currently three SOS nurseries, three SOS junior high schools and one senior high school. These facilities provide education to children from SOS Villages and from the wider community. Staff members are well trained and the resources available to students are of a high standard.  Below you can find an overview of the SOS Children education projects.

You can learn more here about the work we are doing in Zambia to strengthen the education of children and young people.

George's Story

George is twelve years old and learned to read and write quite late, having missed many years of school after he lost his parents. Now in the SOS junior high school at Kitwe, he excels at school. Two pictures on his classroom wall motivated him; one was of a young man dreaming about his future and the other showed a young girl in a graduation gown. George felt he could also achieve a lot if he worked hard in school.

SOS Schools in Kitwe

Children at the SOS Nursery School Kitwe ZambiaThe SOS nursery at Kitwe has around 90 children, with roughly a third from the SOS Village and the remainder from the local community.

  • The nursery partners with other public schools to share best practices over the national curriculum.
  • Teachers at the nursery school meet with parents three times a year to discuss the children’s development.

The SOS junior high school at Kitwe has around 670 students in Grades 1-9, with around 160 pupils coming from the SOS Village and the remainder from the local community.

  • The school has around 40 academic and other staff, and recently, the head teacher visited Britain on a trip organised by the British Council. Academic achievement in national exams is high, with 98 per cent of pupils passing Grade 7 and 9 in a recent year.
  • Pupils are encouraged in to do well in their academic studies by receiving Merit and Achievement Certificates.

Find out more here about opportunities to support the education of children in Kitwe. 

SOS Schools in Livingstone 

Children and their SOS Mother from the SOS Children's Village Livingstone, ZambiaThe SOS Nursery at Livingstone has between 90 and 100 children, over half coming from the SOS village and the rest from the local community.

  • Children take part in activities such as role plays and reciting poems, and classes did some modelling for Cultural Night.
  • The nursery has held its first sport day and children are also taken out on trips. Recent visits included tours of a museum, game park, farm, airport and bus station.

The SOS Junior High School at Livingstone has nearly 200 children, around 40% of whom come from the SOS Village and the rest from the local community.

  • The school strives for good academic results and has applied to become an examination centre.
  • Pupils take part in various events and celebrations, which recently included fundraising activities for Cultural Night.

Find out more here about opportunities to support the education of children in Livingstone. 

SOS Schools in Lusaka

Children at the SOS Secondary School Lusaka ZambiaThe SOS nursery at Lusaka has over 90 children, with around a third coming from the SOS Village and the rest from the local community.

  • The nursery has eight staff, two of whom recently received awards during International Teacher’s Day.
  • Various celebrations and special days are held throughout the year, though the most colourful event is usually the Graduation day for children in the Reception class.

The SOS Junior High School at Lusaka has around 700 children, with approximately a fifth coming from the SOS Village and the rest from the local community.

  • Recently the school participated in an environmental competition organised by the British High Commission and came in second place, winning extra materials for our school projects.
  • Pupils at the school take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as soccer, drama, girl guides and the majorettes. And events are held to commemorate various international days, such as ‘Stop Child Labour’ and ‘World Thinking Day’.

The SOS Senior High School at Lusaka has over 200 children in grades 10 to 12, around a fifth of whom come from the SOS Village and the rest from the local community.

  • Regular lesson observations are carried out to ensure a high standard of education for the pupils and each term an Open Day is held.
  • Pupils take part in various extra-curricular activities including sports such as netball and football, Girl Guides and scripture union. 

Find out more here about opportunities to support the education of children in Lusaka. 

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