COINS Foundation has brought together two of its partners in a collaboration to build a secondary school at Kawama in Zambia. This is one of a number of schools that we plan to support around Ndola, the second largest city in Zambia.

The project brings together two UK charities, Build IT International and PEAS, in a ground-breaking partnership. Build IT International will manage the construction of the school. They will create lasting opportunities for people in the community to earn a better living by training local men and women in building skills and helping them turn their training into work.

The school will open in February 2012, at the beginning of the Zambian academic year. PEAS will run the school sustainably, providing a high quality secondary education to children in the local area. In an area with a population of 30,000, this school will be the first high school in the area. Currently, no school educates children beyond class G9 (equivalent of UK year 10, or 14-15 years old). The new school will take students up to the age of 18, an opportunity not currently available.

This project also represents a rare chance for one project to have doubled impact on the ground. The project will benefit both the 10 – 15 people who will be trained in building skills and thousands of young Zambians who will have the opportunity to get a precious secondary education.