Nsobe Community School is an African school with a difference. Living in a country with a dire rural education system, Fiona Tomlinson believes in offering not only a full education up to tertiary level in the 3 R's, but also in health and social matters, life skills, and most importantly a quality, Christian based education with employment opportunity. Class numbers are 25 - 30. Teachers are advised by a retired senior Welsh Headmaster
We are proud to present the latest Newsletter from the Nsobe Community School which you can download HERE and be amazed by the progress and standard of this school. Quality education is given but it also needs financial support.
In Rural Zambia there are not enough schools. There was no school accessible to the children in this area of
the Copperbelt. Ninety percent of the children's parents are illiterate and live way below the poverty line. To offer hope
and the chance of an educated future Nsobe Community School was started in 2009 by Fiona Tomlinson.
Having started with a few children in her home, there are now over 380 pupils, from Reception to Grade 10, ( 3rd year Secondary) led by a great Head and taught by 15 dedicated teachers. Secondary pupils have the choice of vocational and academic streams. There is a daily feeding scheme.
Nsobe Community School will grow a Grade a year until reaching Grade 12 , GCSE level. On passing Grade 12 well, the Government is generous in supporting further education leading to businesses, jobs and professions. Nsobe will encourage careers in natural resources development and job creation in a fertile land, which if managed well and financed, could feed Africa. The school has no electricity apart from an old generator, used on emergencies, which frequently breaks down and is very expensive to run.
In November 2018 Teacher Aid funded the installation of a full solar system for the computer room, the electrics, the required benches, as well as the installation and commissioning of a 16 computer network with RACHEL PI educational software loaded on the Raspberry Pi server. We are told this is the only community school with computers in the area of the Copperbelt and maybe the best in Zambia! It is an absolute necessity for the secondary education of the school which has reached grade 10 with excellent results at the national exams - 100% pass rate. Now, with the access to Wikipedia etc most are expected to pass to attend College or University.
The fundraising for the solar system and computer installations came after endorsements to that effect were submitted by the Roath Park Primary School as well as the education department of the district.
The school is one of very few in Zambia offering a total and extended private and caring education to disadvantaged children at a very low cost.
Nsobe Community School is hugely successful and the standard is far beyond that of the State Sector. In many other rural areas Teacher Absenteeism is 45% and many kids leave primary school unable to read and write! After Primary most of these children cannot afford to continue to Secondary, so go back to their villages with no job prospect. Nsobe is different!
More information about Nsobe Community School can be found on nsobetrustschool.com