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Zambian Partnership Visit 2017
Zambia Link Report 2016/17
I am pleased to report that Mr
Sadler and I completed a very successful visit to
Zambia and our partner school (Kalomo Basic) over
the half term October holiday 2016.
We arrived by bus from Livingstone on Monday morning
and were met by school staff (Gladys and Elizabeth)
and they looked after us during our week.
The school was closed for Independence Day
Celebrations on Monday and Mr Sadler and I were able
to watch the celebrations as honoured guests at the
local show ground area. There were some excellent
dancing and marching routines as well as poems about
independence from ‘The Whites’ and the struggle to
gain independence from the UK. Later Mr Sadler has
his first taste of Nshima!
The next day we were at school by 6.30am and were
able to meet the new Headteacher (Mr Banda) and
Deputy Headteacher as well as key staff.
We were able to talk with the Chair and Vice Chair
of the PTA and discuss future projects and see the
changes since my last visit. This includes extra
toilets for staff and children and a self-build
classroom project where bricks are made on the
school site and used in the new classroom and a new
staffroom and office block. By carrying out the work
themselves the parents are developing the school at
Mr Sadler and I were able to spend time during the
week in several classrooms and contributed to
lessons too. Many ideas taken from UK visits are
being used in the lessons especially discussion and
feedback. Things are certainly moving forward at
Kalomo! We were also able to see Science exam groups
at work and home economics groups at work.
Mr Banda explained that they only had science
equipment for 20 students to take the exam so the
youngsters had to go home and wait for their turn to
take the exam. The cookery exam students had to
prepare a number of dishes cooking on two old
electric cookers and several outside charcoal
burners. The electricity supply is erratic in Zambia
as there is not enough electricity for the whole
country. Power shedding is the norm for several
hours a day.
We attended a staff meeting where staff found out
that St. John’s School had donated £1,000 for
curriculum development and the staff were amazed by
this generous gift.
We attended a whole school assembly and Mr Banda
told the children about the gift too. The children
were very happy at the news and Mr Sadler and I
talked to the children in assembly before they went
off to lessons at 7.30 am.
On another day, we were also able to visit the DEBS
(District Education Board Secretary) and discuss
future plans for Kalomo School. We also had a
meeting with the District Commissioner and talked
about plans for the school and how Kalomo Town was
improving. On the way back we visited the brand new
hospital for Kalomo which is almost complete. The
hospital is built on UK lines but we found it had a
1970s look inside.
The Deputy Headteacher invited us to an evening
supper with staff and we were able to spend a very
happy evening talking and eating with our Zambian
colleagues. We were also able to walk to Lady
Muchanga’s house for lunch. Lady was previously the
Headteacher at Kalomo and was the first Zambian
teacher from Kalomo to visit the UK.
Mr Sadler and I gave the children several gifts to
help with their studies especially pens, pencils and
ruler and art and craft materials as well as sports
equipment. It was good to see much less poverty in
evidence at Kalomo School on this trip.
On our last night the staff organised a party for us
at school with dancing and speeches and gifts given
and received. It was a wonderful evening.
The next day we boarded to bus back to Livingstone
and were fortunate to have some time to see amazing
wildlife on a Zambezi canoe trip (including swimming
while a crocodile watched!) and Victoria falls.
I certainly feel that our partnership is ‘back on
track’ and that we have made new friends. We came
back with 100 pen pal letters for our children and
the St. John’s children have been writing back and
adding gifts too.
Thank you to GB members for encouraging the link
which has been praised during our SIAMS Inspection
and previous OfSTED Inspection.
A collection from our Nativity Play at St. John’s
Church will go to ‘Kalomo at Christmas’.
Robert Price and James