We believe that enabling children to go to school and gain an education is one of the best ways to help them secure a better future and lift themselves out of poverty.
Access to education is one of the core elements of our work in Zambia. The provision of school fees and helping children to access schooling is a thread which runs throughout the history of Cecily's Fund and remains one of our key goals today.
While education is free at primary level, the cost of uniforms, books and shoes is well outside the means of many families: particularly those headed by young people. To make sure that we target support for the most vulnerable families our Zambian partners BISO and Afya Mzuri identify children living within their area of operation.
In Zambia, secondary education depends on wealth as school fees have to be paid for children from Grade 8 onwards. We support children in greatest need by paying 50% of school fees to lessen dependence for the majority of children, whilst some in severe hardship receive 100% of school fees. In addition, school guidance teachers work with our partners to monitor the progress of each child and provide additional counselling and support.