Funding Education

project partner:The Kaloko Trust
location: Zambia
funding periods: 1996, 2000, 2002-2006

summary The Kaloko Trust is a successful organisation working since 1989 to alleviate poverty in Luansobe, a remote rural area of the Zambian Copperbelt.

In 1996 Trade plus Aid made a donation of 625 towards core funding. In 2000, Trade plus Aid donated a further 1500 towards supporting children who had graduated from the primary school to achieve a higher education. In 2002, having watched Kaloko develop into Zambia's most successful secondary school, Trade plus Aid agreed to donate a total of 21,450 over five years to contribute to school fees.

Zambia has a chronic unemployment problem. Originally the inhabitants were hunter/gatherers but when copper was discovered, able-bodied men moved to work in the mines. Copper brought a degree of prosperity until prices crashed internationally; the mines were no longer viable and closed down. This left vast unemployment from which the country still suffers. Now there is minimal industrial growth and little future for young people.

Kaloko serves one of the poorest rural areas in Southern Africa. Kaloko's programmes affect the daily lives of some 15,000 people.

Originally there was no school in the area so, in 1990, believing that no lasting progress can be made without education, Kaloko built a primary school with boarding facilities for the children who come from a longer distance. In 2002 there were 700 pupils at the School.

In Zambia, primary education starts at seven and continues to the age of fourteen then, nationwide, everyone sits a final exam on the same day. Those who pass this exam are entitled to move into secondary education... if there is a secondary school available. The average pass rate into secondary school in the Copperbelt is 25%. The first year Luansobe pupils sat the exam they achieved an amazing 97% pass rate but there was no secondary school for them to move on to locally. In response, Kaloko has now built a school for Grades 8 and 9.

The community is very poor and it is very difficult for parents to keep their children in school after the age of 14. This is particularly so with girls who are of marriageable age or are expected to stay at home to look after younger brothers and sisters, care for sick relatives or to work in the fields. Kaloko makes a big effort to keep girls at secondary school. They need these further years to secure their education. A true saying is "if you educate a man you educate one person. If you educate a woman you educate a family."

It is Kaloko's policy and endeavour to support all children who pass Grade 7 to continue into secondary education. For Grades 8 and 9 most stay at Luansobe but for various reasons some move to other areas, where for example they may have relatives with whom they can live. For Grades 10, 11 and 12 all children must enrol at other schools as Kaloko is unable to offer these. However, if the children stay in education, Kaloko will support them by paying their school fees and at Luansobe by providing uniforms, food and boarding facilities.

In 2002, the annual cost of running the Luansobe School was 35,000. Kaloko particularly needed help in enabling those who have passed their grade seven exam to continue in secondary school until they reach twelfth grade. Trade plus Aid therefore agreed to a five-year funding programme to help meet these costs. From 2002 to 2007 Trade plus Aid will donate a total of 21,450 to Kaloko.

For more information on the work of the Kaloko Trust visit

Saffery Champness has donated £6500 to help finance this project. Without their pro bono accountancy advice there would not have been the funds available to finance this project.

Project Update Reports:

"I am happy at this school because of sponsorship I can come to this school."
-Kanwa Rachael

"I like this school because I was coming from very far. Now I am boarding and we pay little money for the school. So I am happy"
-Lufwino Kalenga

"I am very happy to be in Grade 8. I like Luansobe because the school is good and they teach us very well."
-Mulwanda Ntanzama

"I am very happy to be at this school because it is supported by Kaloko Trust and people in the UK"
-Mbasela Bright

"My favourite subject is science. I like this because the teachers prepare good lessons and we do experiments"
-Muza Chipo

"I am happy to be at this school because it is the best school and it is supported by Kaloko Trust. They are helping me to come to school. There are 6 children in my family so I am lucky to come to school."
-Mikula Webby

Mr Chinzila, maths teacher

The school has a vegetable garden to supplement the meals and the children learn how to grow and tend the vegetables