Day 2 – Monday

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First day in Kabundi High School.

The school welcomed me with a truly amazing signing ceremony where dignitaries from around the Copperbelt region came to Kabundi High School so that we could officially sign our partnership agreement. Students sang beautiful songs and treated us all to traditional poems and dances. There were clear similarities to our own eisteddfod in Wales. Cultural similarities are clearly evident.

photo to follow

 

Speeches were made highlighting the positive impacts that our partnership will bring to teachers and pupils in both schools and I was invited to sign our partnership agreement with the headmaster of Kabundi High School.

Next up I toured the school and learned about the work of all different departments, many of whom wish to develop links with departments in Pencoed. I was immediately struck by the obvious state of disrepair on the one hand, but also the levels of motivation and positive views towards education of the pupils. I met a class of around 70 students learning geography. They have few resources (open windows, as the glass had gone and no textbooks) yet even when the teachers left the room students hardly looked up from their work.

 school image

Class sizes are large for a number of reasons. Firstly the population of Zambia is increasing rapidly and there is a very high birth rate, secondly there is little money to expand schools, thirdly urban areas like Chingola are growing rapidly due to migration and finally there are not enough teachers. A district education officer informed me that Zambian schools are also losing teachers (as is the country as a whole) through the impact of HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases.

 class photo

Pupils in High Schools pay for their education, which clearly has an impact on motivation levels, but every child I have spoken to recognise and appreciate the importance of education to their futures. Some of our students in Pencoed could learn a great deal from this. The school has a mixed catchment which includes pupils from the compounds (shanty towns) and other residential areas, but the willingness to further their education is universal.

The school has a large fruit and vegetable garden where pupils plant, tend and harvest crops such as bananas, maize and okra (beans). Students are timetabled lessons where they learn agricultural skills. The produce is the sold which brings in some revenue.

 photo of garden

 

The range of departments also included the art and design classes where students have created incredible work, including sculptures made from river silt, toys made from wire and intricate drawings. Some of those images are below.

 photo of pupil model

 

My final visit of the day was to dine at the Protea hotel whilst planning our joint project. Tourist and businessmen usually stay at this hotel and there were a number of South Africans and Americans.

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