Itala pupils are 100% successful - official !

Each year schools in Zambia sit the National examinations. In November 2009 pupils at Itala Foundation school sat their Grade 7 exams and the early provisional results showed that 85% of the pupils had attained the necessary passmark. Following the standardisation of
the tests it was announced that ALL of the pupils who sat the Grade 7 exams at Itala had passed.

This news follows an earlier announcement that all of the adult education class had achieved a similar result. This is a tremendous achievement. Well done all!

Easter Visit 2010

At Easter this year 4 adults accompanied two of the Trustees of the Charity on their visit to the school. It is always a pleasure to take people to Itala and they were made very welcome by the project co-ordinator, Mr Albert Mwansa.

Since most of the adults were teachers they couldn’t get away from the school without doing some teaching. The teachers commented on the high standard of behaviour of the pupils and their obvious commitment to their studies. Following a few days at the school, the party moved on to Livingstone and then to Botswana to enjoy many of the tourist attractions.

The group had the chance to enjoy a further week in Africa courtesy of the volcanic ash cloud!

Affecting The Community

During their stay in Mkushi, Tony Foster and Adam Williams, two of the Trustees of the Charity, had the opportunity to meet some of the local Council officials including the District Education Board Secretary and the Inspector of Police.

Both officials are great supporters of the school and it was interesting to hear how they felt that there had been a drop in petty crime and minor offences probably due to the fact that children were now fully occupied in work at the school.

Kabwe Rotary Club Visit Itala School for Presentation

During February members of the Rotary club of Kabwe, Zambia visited the school in order to officially handover 100 desks and other equipment to the staff.

Kabwe Rotary club was acting as the host partner in a match funding venture with the Royal Town of Caernarfon, UK Rotary Club.

Fundraising in the Caernarfon Club was matched by the District 1180 organisation which was then match funded by the Rotary International parent organisation in the USA.

Members of the Kabwe Rotary club were responsible for administering the funding and ensuring the purchase and delivery of the desks.

Our sincere thanks are extended to the President and members of the Kabwe club for their hard work and efficient administration.

We are extremely grateful to them and the provision of new desks throughout the school is going to be of major benefit to the students and their learning environment.

Meeting with Parents and Children

A visit was made by the two Trustees and project co-ordinator to Mkushi Radio station to appeal to parents with children who were not yet attending any school, to come to a meeting to discuss the importance of their children receiving an education.

The police liason officer was also in attendance to remind parents that using children for labour was against Zambian law.

The meeting was extremely well attended with commitments being made by parents to enrol their children at the school for the start of the new term.

Nganada Village Undergoes Refurbishment

Work has just started on the refurbishment of the Nganda village situated adjacent to the school. Roofs are being re-thatched and two new huts are being built in time to house a number of groups who will be visiting this summer. One homeless family with children is also being housed.

The New Block

Classrooms almost ready As can be seen from the photo, our visit coincided with the end of the rainy season. The picture shows the first purpose built school building on the left, the Nganda Village in the distance and the newly constructed classroom block.

The new classroom block will greatly expand our teaching capacity.

With the school role currently at 1200 pupils and set to rise to 1400 by June, the new facility is urgently needed.

Adult Education

The adult education classes now have 56 members who, following their examination successes, have embarked on Grade 8, and 9
studies. Adult classes are an important part of the work of the school and are an excellent example to the students and community of
education being a life long journey.

Since they are taught ‘out of hours’, they make a small termly contribution towards their tuition costs which is given directly to the teachers concerned.

Ladies Sewing Project

The project is progressing well as was seen from the variety of goods they have been making for sale. So far they had made bags, purses and table mats which they are hoping to sell to visitors and in the market.

By Christmas we shall advertise some of the goods for sale on the website and in the newsletters.

Wedding Dresses

So far we have collected 12 wedding dresses which we shall be taking out for the ladies in the sewing project who intend to hire them out as part of their business plan. Any further donations of dresses will be greatly received.

In Memoriam

A friend of the Charity recently made a generous gift to us in the name of the late Dr Ken Saunders. The Trustees would like to express their condolences to the friends and relatives of Dr Saunders as well as thanking our contributor for the gift.