Zambia: Education & Skills
The western province where we operate is a region with a very low education rate. The reason can be found both in extreme poverty and the poor state of individual schools. In addition, most children have to travel great distances to get to school.
PIN operates in the Kalabo district, which has an area similar in size to the South Moravian or the Central Bohemian region but with twenty times less inhabitants and only four secondary schools. Schools are built out of clay and lack proper floors and windows; the number of desks and chairs is also inadequate. Therefore, in cooperation with the local teacher-parent association, we are helping to improve infrastructure and equip classes so that local children can have better access to a quality education.
Empowerment of civil societies and democratic governance in Luapula Province and Western Province
Thirty civil-society organizations participate in the project. Members of these organizations receive trainings on various topics, including political engagement, human rights, gender issues, social and decentralization. Trainees also receive briefings on project writing and grant administration. Through these trainings, civil society organizations gain skills to help them reach the political representatives and promote the interests of local people more effectively. Particular attention is paid to helping women develop their leadership and managerial skills.
The project also includes an ongoing information campaign aimed at educating the public. For example, through radio programs, people learn about opportunities for citizens to participate in political decisions. Other programs deal with government responsibilities toward their citizens and citizens’ rights. The main objective of this information campaign is to empower civil society, enable grassroots political participation, and promote political decisions in the field of poverty reduction and regional development.