Florence's story

“If it wasn’t for the recent opening of a PEAS free day school, I would not be able to afford to enrol my daughter in education. The community are all so appreciative for all PEAS has done for us!”

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The Kasama district, identified as an area with unmet demand for secondary education, celebrated the opening of their new free day school, in January 2018. This school was a result of a ground-breaking partnership between the Zambian government and PEAS, which provides sustainable free education to some of the most marginalised youth in Zambia. The majority of the local community, like Florence, engages in small scale agricultural employment. “If it wasn’t for the recent opening of a PEAS free day school, I would not be able to afford to enrol my daughter in education. The community are all so appreciative for all PEAS has done for us!” The significance of free day school is considerate; 75% of the pupils at the school come from families who live below the $1.90 per day poverty line who would not have been able to afford school fees. Opening a secondary school here significantly helped the future prospects of the community, considering on average a year’s education is estimated to increase wage earnings in sub-Saharan Africa by 13%.

The support and engagement of the local community with the PEAS school is considerable; the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is very active. Florence is a member of the PTA and loves her role, her responsibilities spanning student welfare, food, water, sanitation, uniform and safety. Members of the PTA can also monitor teaching. Florence supports her local PEAS school wholeheartedly, “PEAS has come as a saviour to many parents in this community” praises Florence.

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Her role within the Community Action Group (CAG), focuses on the welfare of students who rent in homes near the school because their journey would be too long. CAG ensures the people who look after them take good care of them, treating them as their own. CAG inspects their houses, bedrooms and surrounding area prior to the student staying there, looking into safety, sanitation and access to water. Their role also ensures the behaviour of the students fits with the community.

“As a member of the PTA and CAG I cannot help it but to praise the works of PEAS”  commends Florence.

 

Emmi Matsunaga