UK Charity Number: 1155829 Zambian NGO Registration: RINGO 101/0153/14
Left: Co-Founder and Country Director Lois presents at the UK launch of SCZ.
Right: Co-Founder and Zambian Board Member Muftau checks on the progress at one of our first school gardens.
The School Club Zambia envisions a Zambia where every child has access to high quality, vocational and creative education and where education leads to job security and life opportunities for the nation's youth.
School Club Zambia is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers and staff in London (UK), Lusaka (Zambia) and Siansowa, a rural fishing village in Sinazongwe District (Zambia), where our head office is based.
School Club Zambia was founded in Zambia in 2011 by a group of professionals who recognised the huge financial and technical gaps in the support available for the country's 5,000 registered Community Schools. The co-founders spearheading the initiative were Muftau Ibrahim and Lois Cochrane who, after years of working both for and with community schools, strongly believed that an alternative financial model for these vulnerable schools was needed in recognition of their severe lack of resources and dependency on infrequent hand-outs. The model would need to simultaneously and intrinsically promote social entrepreneurship amongst pupils due to low formal employment opportunities in the country and high poverty rates.
School Club Zambia began its first school partnership in 2011, and has since helped support 4 schools in 3 districts launch 5 social enterprises in order to generate much-needed income for the schools. Enterprises to date have included: organic vegetable farm shops, chicken farms and a tailoring centre. These enterprises are also incorporated into the school’s curriculum, giving pupils access to a skills-based, vocational education.
In 2015, School Club Zambia expanded its programme to include literacy development and girls education. While a vocational education is vital for many children growing up in rural Zambia, basic education and literacy remain the fundamental foundations of a successful and prosperous future.