Linda Open Community School is located in a very poor area of Lusaka. When we began working with the community over 14 years ago, it had 800 pupils, very few classrooms, the teachers were unpaid, there were no toilets, no electricity and no running water. As a result, the standard of education lagged well behind government schools and very few pupils sat examinations.
Today, with the support of VisionZambia, the school looks and feels a very different place. There are around 1800 pupils, four classrooms have been built, new desks and computers have been supplied and there are text books. There are now 28 teachers, five of whom are from Linda, and 65 pupils to one teacher. There are toilets, and standpipes deliver clean water. Above all, pupils enter examinations at age 12 and age 14, with a rising pass rate.
A wall around the school grounds increases the security of the site and gives the school an increased importance within the community. The Head Teacher aims for the school to be seen not only as a place for orphans and vulnerable children but as a centre of educational excellence in its own right.