The School Club Zambia was initiated 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 was 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 handouts. 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.
Below left: Lois presents at the UK launch. Below right: Muftau checks on the progress at one of our first school gardens.
The School Club Zambia is building on our strengths and experiences to increase the difference we make to schools across Zambia. Click here to read our 2013 Annual Report and find out more about the achievements and progress we've made.
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.
The School Club Zambia is a UK and Zambian charity 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 office is based. We are funded by a diverse range of Trusts and Foundations, UK and Zambian corporations and individuals who are passionate about qualitive and relevant education for Zambia's underprivledged youth.
Zambia is a vibrant and politically stable country in Southern Africa, sharing borders with the Congo, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Botwsana and Namibia. Approximately 80% of the population is employed in the informal secor which means that many of the country's current population under the age of 25, will most likely have to start their own businesses in order to make a living. We support community schools who recieve little or no external funding to start their own school-run businesses which enables them to buy essentail learning resources like paying teachers and buying chalk and books. The model simultaneously provides a means to train pupils in business skills like marketing and budgetting which is essential in a developing economy like Zambia with very few formal employment opportunities.
Community schools by their very nature are found in the poorest communities in Zambia and provide educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged of Zambia’s children. SCZ is making a direct impact on the educational and developmental potentials of these schools, of which community schools are generally recognised as the biggest contributer towards Zambia being able to increasingly meet the Education for All pledge (goals 1 -6).