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 two programmes for community schools that represent differing levels of involvement in the educational management of the school.
School Development Programme
In the School Development Programme Bana Tandizo provides close assistance to the management of the school in the development of its educational resources and standards and the provision of child-centred community activities. This work includes help in financial planning and fund raising, infrastructure development, and the provision of technical support and skills training for teachers. Bana Tandizo’s Programme Management team together with local volunteers runs training sessions and workshops for the school’s community in health and welfare, child protection and other practices and initiatives that are designed to keep children safe and in school for long enough to realise their full academic or technical skills potential.
Technical and Community Support Programme
Bana Tandizo’s Technical and Community Support Progamme is a lower level of involvement with the management of the school but provides and leads training sessions in professional skills for teachers, child protection and other social development policies and activities. A member of Bana Tandizo’s Programme Management team will sit on decision making committees to observe and encourage standards and processes. Grant funding is provided to projects and programmes specifically designed to support orphans and vulnerable children.
Find out more about the schools we support below: