Smaller Classes + higher marks in exams + modern facilities – all thanks to you!
Our 500 learners share nine spacious classrooms, a modern science laboratory, over 2,500 of the most up-to-date textbooks, an Afro-centric reading scheme to help them learn to read fluently, a library with over 1,000 books, a large market garden for practical work, and a sustainable toilet and shower block which serves the whole school.
We have dedicated teachers for Early Years, Reception, Catch Up and Grades 1-4. Our teaching is subject based, by specialist staff, in Grades 5-12.
We have dedicated classes for every grade from pre-school through to Grade 12. There are smaller class sizes and more highly qualified staff than at most other Zambian schools.
Our Early Years’ Unit is in its own fenced site – with a dedicated classroom, outdoor learning area, large secure garden and play areas.
We provide a full-time Catch Up Class, with specialist literacy and numeracy teachers, for children who start schooling late.
In Grades 8 & 9, we offer all compulsory subjects plus computer studies. We provide the Agricultural Science pathway in Grades 10-12 and combine this with business subjects.
Our staff are some of the best trained, with a senior education professor at Oxford University overseeing their professional development.
Mukwashi is a registered exam centre for Grades 7, 9 & 12, so children sit their national exams at the school.
Our staff and their responsibilities
Deputy Head Teacher
Deputy Head Teacher
Mathematics, Integrated Science
Agricultural Science, Integrated Science
English, Social Studies, Civic Education
English, Social Studies
Mathematics, Religious Education
Physical Education, Mathematics
Computer Studies, Accounts, Commerce, Business Studies
English, Grade 3 class teacher
Home Economics, Expressive Arts, Maths, Grade 2 class teacher
Science, Technology, Special Papers, Grade 1 class teacher
Reception class teacher, Grade 4 class teacher
Catch Up Class teacher
Social Studies, Catch Up Class
Early Years’ Teacher
Early Years’ Teaching Assistant
Transport Officer, Maintenance Officer
In Zambia, in addition to core subjects like English and Maths, every school must provide its learners with practical knowledge, skills and experience in one particular area — as a ‘pathway’ to subsequent training or employment.
Because we serve the mainly farming community of Lusaka West, we decided Agricultural Science was the best pathway for our secondary learners.
We combine this subject with Business Studies, Accounts and Commerce to help them think about agriculture as a genuine business and an important career.
This combination of Agriculture and Business subjects gives our learners the knowledge, skills and values every child in our rural locality needs to serve our community and help it prosper.
As part of the pathway, every learner shares a small plot of land with a friend where they grow their own selection of crops under supervision.
They also learn to care for the school’s banana plantation and fruit trees, and each grade is responsible for different animals in our livestock enclosure.
All our growth since 2006 (classrooms, toilets, borehole, bus, kitchen, books, etc) has been down to the generosity of Mukwashi’s supporters.
Until 2016, we received £10,000 each year from Seedco and the Lusaka Latino community.
Between 2009 – 2019, we received £15,000 from partner schools and £100,000 from individual and corporate donors: much of this came via Bridges of Peace & Hope, our ‘section 501 (3c)’ partner in the US.
Since 2020, many old and new friends have donated over £50,000 through this web-site; and dozens of Zambian companies have contributed goods, materials and services at either no or a heavily discounted cost.
All these gifts, over the years, have been life-changing investments in thousands of young Zambian lives.
The school’s founders wanted to give the children in Chilanga district a future shaped by high-quality education, and for them to become catalysts for change.
We are now sufficiently ‘down the line’ to be able to see this happening.
Here are some of the first learners who started at Mukwashi in 2006: they represent the young people in whom our supporters are investing.
None of them began with any of the stuff people in high income countries think matters, but they all have tons of the stuff which really matters:
From left to right:
Twaambo graduated from teaching college, and works as an intern teaching English at a government secondary school. Nicholas is pursuing his passion for woodwork, and works with his brother’s company making and selling furniture. Nandipha works as a singer / songwriter, and is now a mother. Kenneth graduated as an agricultural engineer, and works for our landlord, Seedco. Diana is teaching English for a local US evangelical mission. Lazarous graduated with a business degree, and works for a Zambian company as their Stores’ Controller. Mweetwa works as a consultant water engineer. And Kadija works with her husband running their family farm, and now has two children.