results have come in for those who sat for Grade 7 exams,
which is school-leaving level, and all 8 workers of TIKONDANE
well, TIKONDANE Community School has topped the PROVINCE
in its grade 7 results! This was the first time they sat
for the exam, as well, so - are we not right to want to
continue and grow?
Community School was begun almost by accident.
holding school lessons during holidays, some 30 children
arrived when school had started – those who were
too poor to go to Government schools, which expect uniform,
school shoes and some cash for PTA (Parent, Teacher Association).
could not say no, and have since been recognized as a
COMMUNITY SCHOOL. This means that our children do not
have to have uniforms, shoes or indeed anything.
we received the first money ever from the Ministry of
Education for our school, we took over and finished the
shelter that had been started by their parents and carers.
Then we bought them jerseys as it was the cold season.
decided to start athletics, and we feel that our girls,
especially, might gain in self-concept when wearing proper
is meant to have dropouts and late-starters sit for the
year 7 exam. Thus we have some 140 children, one third
being AIDS orphans, in 4 classes.
school class above (the afternoon class, top of page,
is for staff)
The first time round for year 7 exam was in 2004. We hope
that subsequently we can offer skills training to some
of those who pass, and direct them in ways that will allow
them to make a living at that time. It is difficult enough
for children to go to school but it is nearly impossible
for the majority to get further training.
children and adults alike, an AIDS PROGRAM has been started,
where the most relevant facts are being taught, and discussion
is encouraged about new interaction patterns between the
sexes as well as the age groups.
debates have already been had with Chiefs, who were somewhat
scandalized by our outspokenness (which is encouraged
by the Zambian Government, however).
classes have taken place since TIKONDANE’S inception,
to make young people feel so proud of their body that
they want to keep it in good shape, and also football
and netball. Recently a scouts group has begun as well.
Community School children eat their lunch of beans with