Author Archives: wendyk

Classroom workshops

Category : Training

Beth and Lisa of Learning to Learn are having a successful visit to Siavonga. Last week they visited Chaanga, Munyama and Kabuyu to deliver classroom-based workshops and see how teachers were putting into practice the strategies they’d taught them. It was great to see parents and village elders taking an interest in the project and finding out more about well-being and motivation of pupils.

Chaanga school pupils  Kabuyu pupils


Siavonga here we come!

Category : Training

Beth and Lisa are getting organised for their upcoming visit to Siavonga to monitor the Learning to Learn project.  While they are there, they will carry out an important part of the project which is to work with the pilot schools on an individual basis. They will spend time compiling whole school policies for attendance and pupil well-being as well as holding classroom workshops to model activities. Each teacher has identified what they would need further guidance with.

This successful project was funded by the Welsh Government under its Wales and Africa Grant Scheme.

Wales and Africa logo

Learning to Learn

Category : Training

The Learning to Learn pilot project is proving a great success. Last night saw the final online webinar session attended by 9 out of 10 teachers. There were some very positive comments:
“It has improved my confidence as a teacher and helped me get pupils more involved”
“Children are learning to be more resilient by learning it’s OK to fail”
“The whole school has benefitted – learners realise they can make decisions on their own”

Beth and Lisa are looking forward to visiting Siavonga in a few weeks to deliver classroom based workshops and support the development of Attendance and Wellbeing policies.

Code Club at Kabuyu

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Category : Training

Great to see that McCloud Mwiinga of Kabuyu School has started a code club for his pupils following online training sessions from us. The children’s faces say it all. This kind of learning is fun! Scratch is a good introduction to programming.

children using a laptopScratch programming

Zambian Education magazine

Category : News

We are proud to have an article included in the first edition of the Zambian Education Magazine, published by NAQEZ (National Action for Quality Education in Zambia). Howard talks about the issues of choosing appropriate IT equipment for use in a rural African setting.

Click the link to read



Endorsement of our project

Category : solarpower



RE: Benefits that have come to our school, Syamwiinga primary on having solar power with support for GIAKONDA.

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Our school received and had solar panels installed with support from GIAKONDA in 2021.

In line with government policy computer literacy programs has been embarked on. Competence on hands on to pupils, teachers and community members has greatly improved.

Due to the solar panels, adult literacy learning programs has been introduced. This is in the evenings.

Pupils have also benefited since they can now do their evening study.

Teachers have directed benefited by lessening burden on lesson preparations .The lessons are now more effective by the use of RACHEL PI and RASBERY PI .

The school has actually been earmarked for upgrade to junior secondary, since it has now power.

We whole heatedly thank Giakonda for this support and hope our partnership will go a step further.

With regards to the supporting team Giakonda solar schools, we say thanks and hope for more support.

 Head teacher

Nawiko Lungowe

Impact of solar power

Category : News

Daniel Mangwende of Dibbwi School today sent a letter describing the impact that solar power has made on his school. We are glad to receive his endorsement and thank him for his kind words.

If anyone doubts how effective £5000 can be to rural Zambia, read below.

Letter of support

Environmental Competition

Category : News , zambia

Our friends at Siavonga High School are in the final ten of a World bank environmental competition called “Plant Trees, not Plastic”. The top 5 will each get $1000 so they need your vote on the survey below (They’re number 5).

Meeting partners

Category : News

On our travels homeward we met with some of our partners. Aaron Chanza is CEO of NAQEZ, an organisation which promotes quality education in Zambia and advises and makes recommendations to the Ministry of General Education.

Howard and Aaron ChansaaWendy with Aaron Chansa

We also met our partners from The Future is Female Zambia  who are working with us on the Learning to Learn project, funded thanks to a grant from the Welsh Government’s Wales and Africa Grant Scheme.

with Future is Female

A desperate need for desks

Category : Training , zambia

The new Zambian government is prioritising education. They have made primary and secondary education free for all which has encouraged an influx of extra pupils into schools. Along with this they are increasing the number of teachers and helping them to be better qualified. Schools were already short of classrooms and of desks in particular. This is even more the case now.

On our last day in Siavonga, we had a meeting with DEBS (District Education Board Secretary) to identify the schools most in need of solar power and to report back on the internet capabilities of the schools taking part in the Learning to Learn Project. She mentioned that girls often stay away from school rather than sit on the floor. We discovered that Siavonga High School has a carpentry department which, amongst other things, refurbishes old desks, adding new wood to their metal frames. We are looking at ways to help them provide this service to local schools, many of which have old frames available.

SHS carpentry departmentHoward with Carpentry teacherstoreroom with woodrefurbished desksHoward with SHS head teacher