“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
During the Summer Programme, the Swansea Siavonga Partnership works with women’s groups to improve their skills in a variety of workshops. These range from literacy and numeracy, First Aid, business skills, crafts etc. Working with women’s groups is crucial because it is the women that are the most likely to pass on this education to their children, consequently providing a new generation with these skills.
In 2011 we launched our School Linking Programme which links schools in Siavonga with those in Swansea for the purpose of creating a cultural exchange between the two. As of 2014 we have been successful in linking five schools in such a way, with more in the pipeline. These have been very successful for both areas since children in Swansea are made intimately aware of world issues and cultures as well as have the chance to become pen pals with children in Siavonga. Teachers are also able to take part in the British Council funded Connecting Classrooms initiative which allows them to travel to Siavonga and teach at their respectively linked schools. In Siavonga, the students benefit from receiving resources from the Swansea schools such as books, stationery, games and even computers. They are also educated on their rights as children and have the chance of being funded by their partner school into the Scholarship Scheme.
Waun Wen Primary
Waun Wen School educates approximately 200 pupils ages 3-11 years and is situated about 5 minutes drive from the centre of Swansea City.
This year it has made a successful school link with Bbakasa Primary School in Siavonga.
Pentre Hafod School
Pentrehafod School educates approximately 1,000 pupils ages 11-16 years and is situated about 5 minutes drive from the centre of Swansea City.
It was awarded School of Sanctuary status in 2012. This year it has made a successful school link with Matuwa Primary School in Siavonga.
Hafod Primary School educates approximately 250 pupils ages 3-11 years and is about 5 minutes drive from the centre of Swansea City. This year it has made a successful school link with Kabilla Primary School in Siavonga.
Blaen Y Maes Primary
Blaen-y-maes Primary is a community school for boys and girls aged 3-11 years with 167 full-time equivalent pupils, organised in eight classes. The school serves a large housing estate on the outskirts of the City of Swansea in a locality which is economically and socially disadvantaged.
Pen y Bryn Special Needs School
Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn is a local authority maintained special school in Swansea. The school, which has a unit for autistic pupils, educates pupils, aged 3-19, who have a wide range of additional learning needs. The school has developed a skills based curriculum which caters for every individual’s academic and social needs. Staff and pupils work together to promote independence and to develop good relationships between the school and its wider community.
The school educates approximately 400 children ( Grades 1-7) and is about 40 minutes drive from Siavonga town. Bbakasa is also involved in the SSP Scholarship Scheme, and now has two children sponsored through it.
Matuwa Primary School is the hub school within a cluster of local schools and educates approximately 600 pupils from Grades 1-7. It is situated about 45 minutes drive from Siavonga town.
Matuwa Primary School now has two childen sponsored by the SSP Scholarship Scheme.
Kabilla Primary School is a community school that educates approximately 50 pupils and is situated about 40 minutes drive from Siavonga town. Kabilla Primary School now has one child sponsored by the SSP Scholarship Scheme.
The orphanage in Siavonga is called Namumu and is about a 20 minutes drive from Siavonga town. In 2002 in conjunction with the community, it built Namumu Community School which provides education from grades one to seven. The school is staffed with trained teachers.
St Malumba Special Needs School, Choma
The school is in the town of Choma (5 hours drive from Siavonga town). Its children fall into the three main categories of disability; visually impaired, hearing impaired and intellectually impaired. It is the only school of its kind in Zambia and is referred to as a trinity school ( three disabilities at one school). Children from Siavonga attend here and the Partnership is keen to involve St Malumba in the Scholarship Scheme. It is also a boarding school, educating children currently for Grades 1-7.