KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
The Lions Clubs have called for concerted efforts in improving education standards for pupils in rural schools to equal those for their urban counterparts.
Lions Club of Mulungushi president Geoffrey Tambulukani said yesterday that pupils in rural schools should not be disadvantaged by the lack of teaching and learning materials as well as other school facilities like infrastructure.
“Pupils in rural schools write the same examinations as those in urban schools, so it is only imperative that they all get the same teaching and learning material,” Dr Tambulukani said.
He said this yesterday at Njolwe Community School where the club donated an assortment of teaching and learning material worth about K5,000. The club also donated shoes and a flag to replace a tattered one.
The school, which is about 30 kilometers east of Lusaka off the Leopards Hill Road, has 215 pupils split in grades 1 to 7 who share four classrooms.
Dr Tambulukani said pupils at Njole Community School should be given an equal opportunity to achieve their career dreams, which could include being President of Zambia.
The school’s headteacher, Mrs Grace Chiiya, said the school is in dire need of more support.
She said school is unable to provide counterpart funding for the construction of more classrooms and completion of teachers’ houses.
Mrs Chiiya said the school cannot have a much-needed computer laboratory yet because it has no electricity. A basic solar unit the school has is enough for only lighting some of the school’s rooms.
She said the school is also seriously challenged in meeting the Ministry of Education’s directive that every school should venture into agriculture.
“Our school only has a mono pump. We need to have more boreholes and water reservoirs,” Mrs Chiiya said.
She said the Lions Club’s donation will help ease the school’s challenges in learning and teaching materials.
Mrs Chiiya appealed for more support considering that the teachers are volunteers and the pupils’ contribution of K20 each per term is insufficient for the school’s financial obligations.