A new partnership with The Commonwealth Education Trust


Rural community schools face many hurdles when it comes to teacher professional development, yet teachers are still keen to learn and improve their skills as they see the impact their learning can have on their pupils in the classroom. 

 Last week Kat Thorne and Eleanor Sykes met the Ministry of Education, head teachers and teachers to discuss how to support teacher professional development. They held working sessions with these different stakeholders and presented their blended model of professional development, the Teach2030 programme, which enables schools to run ongoing continued professional development (CPD) independently whilst being supported by a local organisation. Contextualised for teachers working in hard to reach communities, the self-paced, micro courses combine theory, practical activities and the use of a teaching portfolio. The courses strengthen teachers’ foundational skills and they are encouraged to learn in pairs as well as independently. 

 After just a few minutes, the teachers were able to identify how the programme would help them to be even better teachers. In the short video below, Precious explores her thoughts on the importance for teachers to be challenged and to keep learning.

The Commonwealth Education Trust and Bana Tandizo are working collaboratively to test, develop and implement Teach2030 to community schools in Zambia.

Find out more about Teach 2030 on the Commonwealth Education Trust’s website.

Why I Support the Bana Tandizo Foundation

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James is an airline pilot living in Portsmouth and a father of three children.  For nearly two years he has sponsored a pupil at Kafushi Secondary School.

Q: Why do you choose to support the charity?

A: I believe in the power of education and I like the fact that my own children can see us helping another child.  

Q: What do you like about sponsoring a child?

A: It makes things feel more ‘immediate’, a feel that one’s contribution is having a direct and personal impact on the recipient.

Q: You have also raised money by running the Great South Run and supported our honey programme. Do you enjoy the active part of supporting a charity?

A: To an extent, though fundraising for sponsored events can be frustrating as ‘doing something for charity’ is a very crowded marketplace. This is why the honey is a good concept, allowing one to donate and support a Zambian business without the effort of running anywhere!

Q: What else do you like about BTF?

A: It’s nice to be able to help a charity that I can see genuinely believes in its objectives and cares what happens to those on the receiving end!

Did you know that you can share sponsorship? 

To make the sponsorship more affordable, James shares the cost with a group of dads.

If you like the idea of sponsorship, and have a group of friends or colleagues who also support the idea, why not club together?  Get in touch with us to find out more.

Secondary School Sponsored Pupils


Bana Tandizo has run a sponsored pupils’ programme since January 2017, helping those with the grades to achieve a much better education than is currently offered at the local government schools.  Thanks to generous UK sponsors, these pupils are far more likely to finish school with qualifications that will enable them to enter meaningful paid employment.  With 41% of Zambian 5 - 14 year olds in child labour, mostly in agriculture, it really is a challenge to retain rural children at school.  However, our sponsored students at Kafushi Secondary School are giving education their best shot, and we look forward to following their success in the future.  Thank you to our supporters who make this programme possible.

We are expecting more children to pass the end-of-year exams in December with the high marks required for boarding school.  If you could be willing to make the gift of sponsorship, please get in touch: 


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Chishawasha Orphan Home and School

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Bana Tandizo’s involvement with Chishawasha Children’s Home and School has increased hugely in the last couple of years.  A pre-existing large school and orphan home set up by the Glassco Foundation, Chishawasha is on the Northern edge of Lusaka and benefits from its direct access to the Great North Road.  BTF initially funded the re-opening and refurbishment of a residential house for 16 orphans. 

Since then it has seconded Martha Munsaka, BTF’s Programme manager and educational expert, for several weeks to work on school administration programmes and develop teacher training; funded the expansion of the poultry farm which provides food for the children and income from the sale of chickens; and has worked extensively with the Chishawasha’s main source of funding, the Glassco Foundation of Canada, to develop the governance and management of the organisation.


Safeguarding - What Bana Tandizo is Doing

From its start in 2016 BTF has been very aware of the crucial importance of child protection and the safeguarding of children whose lives the organisation exists to support. BTF’s Programme Manager has been trained in child protection through a sector-recognised training programme with Save the Children.  Child protection training courses were then passed on to every member of staff working at BTF schools, with whom we worked to build child protection policies and processes.  Since then, there has been a massive building of awareness in the charity sector regarding this issue.  BTF is a member of British Overseas NGO Development (BOND) and has recently attended their safeguarding workshops.  BTF has an ongoing commitment to keep child protection at the core of its work, thereby keeping safe the children who are receiving the services delivered.


The Zambian Village Project

Three University of Chichester graduates recently delivered a workshop to Year 1 pupils at Court Lane Infant School, an academy trust school of the university.  The workshop comprised an engaging morning of Zambian culture within the curriculum of PSE. BTF would like to replicate the project as part of an outreach programme, increasing the links between charity and education.

The Zambian Village Project educates children in the daily life differences between the UK and Zambia. Pupils learn where Zambia is located, play a ‘What’s the difference?’ game between UK and Zambia, have a live Q&A session over What’sApp with project staff in Zambia, and build their own Zambian Village out of craft materials and clay (above).

For more information about receiving a workshop from BTF, please email:  will@banatandizo.org

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Community Volunteers

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Bana Tandizo doesn’t only focus on education and children, but also on the health needs of the community.  As the name implies, community volunteers do not get paid for their work.  However, BTF does provide an allowance for expenses, and contributes the valuable time of the Programme Manager, Martha.  The volunteers report back to BTF on issues and challenges including child marriage, polygamy, sanitation, drinking water, malaria, and cholera, to name a few.  The volunteers are particularly interested in the inhibitors to education, e.g. when children are forced to stay at home and work.

Supporting Children with Disabilities at Shalom School


Bana Tandizo has partnered with the Italian NGO ‘Africa Call Organisation’ to provide support for children with disabilities at Shalom School.  Having previously provided funds to build a classroom for visually disabled children, BTF is currently contributing the salary for their teacher, for classroom materials and for the food programme.

Disability in Zambia  frequently leads to social ostracisation and children with disabilities are often not sufficiently cared for.  To assist with this, the project this year aims to provide counselling training to teachers and parents, thereby resulting in a better life experience for disabled children in the community.

As an income generating activity, carpet weaving will be taught to the children, and the products sold locally.  The images show the painstaking process of un-knitting jumpers, providing a lower cost and recyclable alternative to shop-bought wool.


First Ever Computer for Natemwa


When we were asked by NASAD to bring a laptop over from the UK to the Natemwa Learning Centre, we knew it would be a ground-breaking moment. Until this time, there has not been electricity at the village, making electrical equipment redundant. But with an outfit of solar power on the horizon, this school is now starting its first digital programme; a great gift to the staff, shown wonderfully here on the face of Head-teacher Kwabe. BTF funded and installed the Office software and virus protection suite.

While IT is a subject of the Zambian curriculum, due to lack of electricity many rural schools can teach it only in theory. BTF will be assisting Natemwa to work towards a computer lab capable of practical IT tuition.