On 30th October 2020, Play it Forward Zambia (PiFZ) and its partner African Revival handed over a new 1×3 classroom block to the Ministry of General Education at Simbunji Community Primary School. The ceremony was graced by the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) and HRH Chief Siachitema of the Tonga people of Kalomo. Others in attendance included Play it Forward Country Director, Sombwa Musunsa, African Revival Country Manager, Godwin Kamangala, members of the school Parents Teachers Association, area headmen and members of the community.
The DEBS for Kalomo, Mr Kaliba, congratulated Play it Forward and African Revival for having successfully completed the project, and underscored the importance of giving young people access to quality education.
The new classroom block consists of three modern classrooms and two offices, equipped with desks to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for both teachers and children.
Simbunji Community School is located about 40 km from Kalomo town in the western part of the District. It was established in 2005 sits on traditional land and provides education from pre-school to grade 5. For many years, the school had only two classrooms which could not accommodate the increasing number of children in the area.
In 2018, we partnered with African Revival to construct a block of four latrines for boys with a urinal, a block of four latrines for girls with a washroom, permanent handwashing facilities, and two latrines for staff. The construction of these facilities was completed in March 2019.
Play it Forward is committed to improving rural community school infrastructure and has so far supported 21 community schools in Southern Province of Zambia. In addition to classroom blocks, we have also been funding the construction of modern pit latrines, changing rooms for girls and handwashing facilities.
The school’s project is part of our Education Support Programme which aims at providing improved learning opportunities to young people through improved school infrastructure, attendance and attainment. This is line with the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG 4) which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning”.