The Nayamba School
Nayamba School was established on Nagwaza Farm in the rural Chisamba district of Zambia by the farm owners.
It was established to educate the children of the families working on all the surrounding farms, because there was no school in the area – in some cases children had been walking for up to two hours each way to reach their nearest school.
Students at the Nayamba school taking part in their lesson.
This wonderful free school has attracted children from the surrounding area. The number of children attending daily now exceeds 310.
The school initially consisted of three classrooms, three teachers and one small office.
The school was only able to offer a half-day timetable, with some children attending in the morning and others in the afternoon, in order to provide education for grades 1 to 7 due to a lack of space and teachers.
As a result of the East Devon-based The Nayamba Trust raising some £90,000 during 2016, the school now consists of nine classrooms, a preschool, a kitchen, a staffroom and a library space.
Students at Nayamba School enjoying some free time in the playground.
Accommodation has also been built for the teachers so they are able to live on-site – essential given the school’s rural location, as there were no local accommodation options. A playground, a football pitch and a netball court have also been built for the children to enjoy.
Nayamba School now has twelve teachers and three pre-school teachers, and the school offers a full-day – rather than a half-day – teaching curriculum.
The school also has a caretaker, who maintains the grounds and buildings, and a cook, who provides a hot enriched porridge for every pupil each day.
The school follows the Zambian curriculum, and since the expansion last year, pupils of each grade have had their own classroom and teacher.
Through Richard Pike – a friend of John Casson – who is a trustee of The Nayamba Trust, John and Jenny Casson became aware of the school and had the opportunity to visit it during their holiday in Zambia in September 2016.
Impressed by the standard of the school, and the enthusiasm of Anja and Kevin Kleeman-Wright – whose farm the school is on – and the teachers and children, the foundation is sponsoring two teachers’ wages during 2017, amounting to £5,000 in total. The foundation has also provided sponsorship of £2,000 for the purchase of laptop computers.
This is a great and worthwhile project. If you would like to know more, or would like to donate, please contact John Casson.