Why are you proud to work in the education sector?
I am proud to work in the education sector as it is the only true means of empowering families, communities, and the nation at large. More than just transforming minds and providing skills, education is the most sustainable means of promoting sustainable development for communities – indefinitely.
How does PEAS’ education approach promote learning for lasting peace?
PEAS’ educational approach goes beyond knowledge and skills development, it promotes peace by emphasizing the importance of human dignity, integrity and rights. No matter who you are, where you come from, what you believe or what you look like – PEAS schools will treat you with respect, celebrate your uniqueness and contributions, and support your growth because they care about humanity…you need not be anything other than human and show up.
In our shared commitment towards young people, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with various partners including CAMFED and Sightsavers. CAMFED enabled us to address a key barrier faced by girls when accessing a secondary education. With their support, we’ve been able to get more girls into boarding, and foster the development of life skills, leadership and rights advocacy amongst our female students.
Sightsavers, another partner, has been instrumental in addressing challenges faced by students in Muchinga – Chinsali, specifically those with special needs. They have provided our students prescription glasses that would otherwise be out of reach, and partnered with us to ensure more inclusive infrastructure and facilities around schools to accommodate every student – no matter their needs.