Bana Tandizo concentrates on the provision of high quality learning and social development at a number of community schools. The objective is to make a big difference in the educational experience and outcome for the children and contribute towards the development of the surrounding community. Community schools are non-Government schools that rely on community and charity support for their existence. The number of community schools has grown from 38 in 1996 to over 3000 today and they now represent over 20% of the primary school population of Zambia. A high proportion of actual or potential pupils in community schools are orphans or vulnerable children: those in school are estimated to make up around 30% of the total enrolment.
Bana Tandizo runs three programmes for community schools that represent differing levels of involvement in the educational management of the school.
In Level 1 schools Bana Tandizo is carrying on the contribution of the Estelle Trust in funding significant infrastructure development as well as providing technical support and skills training for teachers. In recent years, school feeding programmes have been introduced, and in 2015/16, a Community Health and Welfare model was designed and successfully tested. This programme will be rolled out across Level 1 and Level 2 schools in 2017.
For level 2 schools, technical and supervisory support will be largely provided upon request. In respect of BTF’s Child Protection and other social development policies, a Bana Tandizo staff member will sit on decision making committees to observe and encourage standards and processes. The Community Health and Welfare programme will be available and grant funding will be made to projects and programmes specifically designed to support orphans and vulnerable children.
There is some technical assistance available for Level 3 schools upon request, but most of the support is via small grant funds for specialised services and supplementary education packages.