Primary education for children in Zambia starts at the age of 7 years old but, due to an ongoing shortage of school places, many children don’t start school until they are 8 or 9 years old.

This can have a devastating effect on the children we support as many live in households where interaction is rare and guardians are too tired or overwhelmed to play or nurture effectively. Sadly, orphans are also more vulnerable to abuse and neglect in the home.

Pre-schools provide a nurturing environment for children as well as mental and emotional stimulation and the opportunity to play. Brighter Futures Zambia has supported the set up of 2 pre-schools in the Monze district, funding training for pre-school teachers and providing equipment and books.

After a successful fundraising campaign we were delighted to open the doors to Makangala Pre-school, a beautiful, purpose built school for up to 90 children in Miyoba community. We are so grateful to all of our partners and supporters who helped us achieve this milestone and offer a fantastic early years education to generations of Zambian children.