A quote attributed to the great sage Confucius says that those who move mountains begin with carrying away small stones. At the beginning of this new year 2021, we feel the truth of this statement. More than two decades ago, Mackenzie Community School was established as the result of the dreams and vision of dedicated community volunteers in this part of Ndola. They understood the importance and central role that quality education plays in the future of our children. Their dream was to offer all children in Mackenzie the opportunity of a full primary education as a first step towards even greater achievements.
After his first visit in 2008, Zambia took on a very special place in Dani's heart. Only a short while later, iChange was founded. As a founding member and long-time board member Dani truly shaped and guided our organization for more than a decade. During his many visits on location, a network of friendships was formed and many unforgettable moments experienced together. His big heart, enthusiasm and pragmatism were valued and deeply appreciated by everyone and played a key role in the many successful developments that we were able to achieve together.
After the successful completion of the construction of four new classrooms last year, this year marked a first at Mackenzie Community School – the official introduction of 6th grade! This achievement represents a major milestone towards ultimately offering full primary education (up to and including grade 7) for all students in the Mackenzie Community.
After finishing the first floor of the new classroom building at the Mackenzie Community School in 2017, this year we focused on the completion of the still missing second level. Thanks to this project the school now has two additional classrooms, a necessary prerequisite for expanding to 6th grade at the beginning of 2020.