The New Ngoma Primary School, located in Itezhi Tezhi District, is a long-standing partner school of our Conservation Club Programme. Currently it provides education for 57 children, up to Grade 4.
Last year, with funding provided by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Conservation Education Ranger, Brian Bulongo, began providing the sole teacher at the school with resources, training, teaching support, and administrative assistance.
Having equipped the school with some basic stationary supplies and a brand-new whiteboard, the next priority was to ensure students had somewhere comfortable to sit and study.
Community Outreach Programme Manager, Britius Munkombwe and the team at Musa recently led volunteers in the delivery of twenty, three-seater school desks to the school. Such resources are vital in providing an enabling learning environment for children.
Senior Headman Shandavu of New Ngoma said: "I have no other new words which I can manufacture in my mouth to express my gratitude, I will use the same common word of thank you.”
New Ngoma community sits right at the edge of a Game Management Area and is directly affected by human-wildlife conflict. By empowering local communities and future generations to live in harmony with wildlife, we can help to secure a brighter future for endangered species in their natural habitat.
We are proud to have supported the upgrade to the school for the children who attend daily and could not have done so without the support of our partners in conservation, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Image credits: GRI Volunteer, Guadalupe Alvarez