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.
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!
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.
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.