Zambia, in tropical southern Africa, is a landlocked country where 17 million people live. It is a stable country, having managed to avoid war since it came into being in 1964. It contains spectacular scenery, especially on its border with Zimbabwe where the Victoria Falls plunge 108m into a narrow gorge below.

Zambia has large copper reserves but these have not improved the lives of most Zambians and it is only the 143rd wealthiest country in the world¹ with nearly 2 in 3 of its people living on less than £1.35 per day².

¹https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GNI_(nominal,_Atlas_method)_per_capita

²https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_percentage_of_population_living_in_poverty

Ndola is the 3rd largest city in Zambia with a population of half a million. It is the largest town in the copper belt of the country and used to have many mines. These have now closed but there is still a large copper refinery here. The major industry now is limestone and cement manufacture. Ndola is only 10km from the border with DR Congo in northern Zambia.

There are 18 secondary schools in Ndola but, sadly, nearly half the primary school children (45%) drop out before reaching secondary school³ and, in addition, most of the children who go to secondary school will drop out before the end of year 10. This is why the students at Kansenshi High School have teamed up with pupils in Hutchesons’ Grammar School to try and increase the opportunities for all the children in their local area to get a complete education. They firstly undertook a research project to find out the main barriers to education here, and the best, most appropriate solutions. They interviewed parents, teachers, community leaders and children. Their findings have been summarized and are presented as a PDF file and as powerpoints. These can be found at: https://j8educationalpartnerships.co.uk/research which is password protected for educational purposes. Please get in touch and ask for the link to access these files.

³ http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/ZMB