We are happy to share an update on the thriving educational activities at Mackenzie Community School. The school, spanning from pre-school to grade 7, is a beacon of education for the local community.
During the last few months, we worked together with the school administration of the Mackenzie Community School to improve the hygienic situation by ensuring a more reliable water supply. This is a first important step in addressing the urgent need for additional sanitary infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing school in terms of classrooms as well as number of students.
For the first time in its history, Mackenzie Community School (MCS) was able to offer a full primary education track in 2021: 24 students successfully completed the newly introduced grade 7 in December 2021! In this context we are especially excited that our students at Mackenzie Community School in Ndola, the third-largest city in Zambia, ranked #1 of all local community schools in the annual grade 7 examinations!
Working full-time in the past years had often prevented me from visiting Zambia for more than a couple of days. At the same time, the work iChange does had inspired me in 2018 to begin a Masters study course at the University of Edinburgh in International Development. I had done so not necessarily with the intention of a career change, but with the desire for increased learning and understanding of issues of local development in education, especially the community school sector.