Western Province Climate Ambassadors Advocate for a Floating School
By Tambudzai Mutale*
MALABO, Zambia - Situated 25 kilometres west of Mongu Township in a village called Tungi, Malabo Basic School was established in 1996. When a visitor arrives at the school for the first time it is difficult to realise that it is a school. There are only 2 classrooms blocks for the 247 pupils who range from grade one to seven. The classrooms are built out of reeds and mud, with grass thatched roofing. Every year the classrooms have to be reconstructed by the community members owing to the large presence of termites.
On 9th October, 2010, we, the Climate Ambassadors from Western Province, accompanied by our chaperon and an officer from the District Education Office, went on a tour to Malabo, one of the many schools that get flooded annually. With only four teachers to handle the seven classes, the teachers themselves have not been spared from the troubles faced by the school. There are only three grass-thatched houses which the teachers themselves abandon during the peak of the floods.
When asked about the floods in his area, the headman for the community said that the floods start from late December and go on until May. It is only in the second term that the pupils return to school.
Education for All is essentially a worldwide initiative to make a giant step forward in improving basic education, based on the understanding that education is a fundamental human right.
*Mutale is a Unite4Climate Ambassador and a recent graduate of St. John's Secondary School in Mongu, Zambia.