New Classroom in Zambia
Raise a Smile works with rural schools in Zambia. Such schools face many challenges due to their remote locations, lack of infrastructure, poor training, and overcrowded classes. The government has made education free for all pupils up to grade 7 but, many children are still not able to attend. Over 90% of the population survives through subsistence farming so most do not have any income to spend on education.
With Raise a Smile, we will build a classroom in the remote village of Mambwe. Currently, classes are held under a mango tree with few educational materials or supplies. Only 25% of students stay in school beyond grade 7.
This will be the first classroom in the village of Mambwe. The Ministry of Education is supporting the school by paying teachers’ salaries but does not have the funds to provide a classroom.