MUTENDE BASIC in Kitwe
Mutende Basic is our partner school in the North Central region of Zambia also known as the copperbelt. Copper used to be a major income for the country in the 1970s but has almost ceased since the price for copper has fallen drastically on the world market in the 1990s leaving many unemployed. Today the copper mining is experiencing a come back and former closed mines are revived.
Mutende Basic was founded in 1961 is a Primary and Middle school and is a maintained by the Zambian government. The schools serves Kwacha town ship on the outscirts of Kitwe. With the coming of the AIDS epidemic, Mutende Basic has a large percentage of orphanes and vulnerable children. The current number of school children exceeds 1500 with class sizes of up to 60 children. Most children leave school by the age of 13 to seek work in the area. Although a growing number of children do continue school and advance into the local Secondary Schools.
The taught subjects at Mutende Basic are Maths, English, Civic Education, History, Geography, Environmental Science. Optional subjects are Religious Education, Office Practise/Book Keeping and some subjects like Design & Technology, Art and PE are not examinable due to a lack of teachers and/or equipment.
MAANU MWAMI in Livingstone
Maanu Mwami is our second partner school and can be found in the Southern region of Zambia near the boarder to Zimbabwe and Namibia. This area is famous for its geological feature and tourist attraction - the Victoria Falls, the 3rd deepest water falls world wide. The town of Livingstone was named after David Livingstone, the first European explorer to find these water falls on his missionary and research travels in the 1840s and '50s. He named the falls after Quenn Victoria.
Maanu Mwami is a Primary and Middle school in the rural setting of Livingstone with an intake of about 1000 children. The school has only recently been established in 2006 by Pastor Chewe who is also acting Head of the school. Maanu Mwami is not maintained by the government but funded through church. The school buildings are of very basic standard and can only hold up to a 1000 children albeit there is a high demand for schooling in the area. With the help of overseas volunteers building and renovation work is continuously undertaken in order to provide schooling for more children.
Also at Maanu Mwami the elemantary subjects like Maths, English, Civic Education, History, Geography, Environmental Science are taught. Art, Technology and PE are not on offer at the moment due to the all present lack of human and material resources.