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"Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment." The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
In the summer of 2016, Miss Baird spent a month in Zambia volunteering as a Teacher in a junior school called Highlands Primary School in Livingstone. There I met many pupils that loved to read but didn’t have access to books. I had brought over some children’s novels and in the morning during their literacy lesson I would read to the pupils. The pupils would then ask to borrow the books and then bring them back the next day. This system worked well and we decided to develop it by buying more children’s books. This is where we found difficulty as there are not many places to purchase children’s novels in Livingstone. The ‘BookCase Zambia’ initiative was born! We bought two suitcases and tried to get as many age appropriate books for the pupils. A group of Grade 6 pupils were set up and trained as book monitors. The aim of the project is to increase the amount of books available to borrow and develop the literacy skills of the pupils at Highlands Primary School. Since then Hermitage Academy has sent over 1300 books to Highlands Primary School.
The BookCase Zambia Project has now developed and we did our first visit in 2019. 10 pupils and 2 staff visited Highland PS and set up a library. We also helped construct a school and volunteered at a local homework club for the poorest community - teaching lessons on female hygiene and leaving resources to be used in the community. Please watch the video below of the Bookcase Zambia 2019 Highlights.
In June 2020, the next group of 12 staff and pupils will be going back to continue the work of the first group and teach at a number of schools, setting up a library in the poorest community and also a local tribal village with no resources. We are looking for donations of cases, books, old small toys and clothes that can be taken and left. Please follow our Fabebook Page @BookcaseZambia for more information.
Week 1 - Arrive Weekend - Sunset at Royal Livingstone hotel, Victoria Falls and Orientation
Volunteer in School teach lessons and set up library after school volunteer at Linda Community Homework Club
Construction at Dream Livingstone - making bricks and concrete for walls, painting, etc
Weekend - Overnight Safari in Botswana - Chobe National Park
Week 2 - Volunteer at second School, teach and set up library and visit to local village to teach lessons and set up library
Visit local market - chance to have clothes made and purchase souviners
Option to finish week of with an activity of group choice (extra cost) and final visit to watch the sunset over the Zambezi at Royal Livingstone Hotel
Cost per pupils – approx. £2100 this would include:
Accommodation, Food and airport transport
Victoria Falls Visit
Chobe National Park, Botswana Safari
Additional expenses, approx. (£400):
Immunisations and Malaria Tablets
Price will be reduce if pupils fundraise or receive funding.