We are a charity supporting Zambia's poorest children by providing education, community health needs, skills training and infrastructure developments.
Bana Tandizo means 'helping children' in Nyanja, a local Zambian language. The Bana Tandizo Foundation is a UK registered charity (1170917) and has been formed to take on and expand the educational programmes developed for community schools over the last 10 years by the Estelle Trust and its Zambian partners.
Bana Tandizo's programmes meet the challenge outlined in the Zambian Government's 2015 Education for All Report.
‘Long distances between schools in rural areas also limit access particularly for children in the early grades….. Community action has been crucial in this regard. Since 2000, communities, working with civil society organisations and cooperating partners, have helped to create over 550,000 new places through the establishment of community schools. With the expansion of school enrolments, challenges of improving the quality and relevance of education have arisen.’ The report cites the difficulty of recruiting and retaining teachers – especially in rural areas – with resulting high pupil teacher ratios and concludes and that ‘low learning achievements scores across the board’ leaves much to be done.
Our vision and aim is a future where all children have access to a good education within a safe and healthy environment, including the acquisition of social and occupation skills that lead to employment, longevity and freedom from poverty. Today we are supporting 6 schools as described in 'What We Do'. Bana Tandizo's educational and community health projects benefit a total of 1,500 children, a large proportion of whom are orphans and vulnerable children. Over the next 5 years we aim to expand the programme to cover at least 10 schools and 2,500 children.
Non-government community schools account for over 20% of the children in education in Zambia. A third of this total enrolment are officially classified as orphans and vulnerable children.
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