TUJATANE - TONGABEZI TRUST SCHOOL
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Malala Yousafzia said that, and Tujatane - Tongabezi Trust School is evidence of it.
In 1996, Vanessa Parker was volunteering in Zambia when she discovered that the children in her local, rural community had no access to an education. Knowing that education is the single most important way to enable people to empower themselves, Vanessa built a preschool of one classroom, for fifteen children, and hired just one teacher. The students shared pens and reused paper.
Today Tujatane educates pupils to Grade 9 and has grown to have over 275 pupils, all from within walking distance of the school.
Tujatane students not only learn how to read and write, but have art, science and computer classes, an amphitheatre, a sports ground, a music room, and are Zambian National Champions in Traditional Dance.
The school is entirely funded through generous donations from around the world, and has a Sponsor a Child programme, as well as a Food Programme that provides the sustenance the children need to keep growing and learning.
Tujatane graduates, whose parents often haven’t completed Grade 7, have gone on to become pilots, accountants, clinical officers, and even teachers who then come back to enable more Tujatane children to reach for the bright futures they deserve.
For more information on the story of Tujatane and the work they do, visit www.tujatane.com . They would love to hear from you.