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 was founded in 2011 and 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.
The founders’ objectives were to provide an alternative development model for schools in recognition of their severe lack of resources and dependency on hand outs. It was acknowledged that a lack of reliable income for schools, especially in the rural areas, was reducing the quality and relevance of the education available to vulnerable children and young people. Drawing on the experiences of school-run businesses in South America, namely the Fundacion Paraguaya (2002) and the grassroots Zambian movement for income generation activities (IGAs), which had started in community schools the early 1990s, SCZ was established to support a network of schools who wished to implement an adaptive model for financing sustainable education.
The SCZ school model was designed to simultaneously and intrinsically promote social entrepreneurship amongst pupils due to low formal employment opportunities in the country and high poverty rates. This vision became structured through SCZ’s Enterprise Committee Training programme and Vocational Education programmes in 2013, whilst we extended the scope of the model to tackle low literacy rates and the specific barriers to female entrepreneurship in 2014 and 2015.
We now have 6 years of experience in developing and implementing projects in both urban and rural settings with projects launched across our four impact areas: Self-Financing Schools, Vocational Education, Literacy Development and Girls’ Education.