EDUCATION

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;

behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

All of us understand the incredible importance of education as both a means to a better life and an end unto itself. However, the right to an education is a right that is too often out of reach for the people of Zambia. In this poverty ridden country, government schools are free, but students are required to pay beyond their means. Exams in the 7th, 9th and 12th grade are required. If one fails any comprehensive exam they no longer go to school. Not only do they pay for the tests, they are required to pay for the results as well. In addition, they have to pay for uniforms, school supplies and an approved pair of shoes costing close to $15/pair. Keep in mind the average income of Zambians is less than $2/day. It is not hard to do the math and figure that school is far too costly for many.

Only 63% of Zambians over the age of 14 can read and write. Girls are much less likely to attend secondary school than boys, who still may be unable to manage the financial demands. Many have left school because ‘sponsors’ have died or needed to direct funds elsewhere. Sadly, when school fees are given to girls by an older man much is expected in return.

RecycloCraftz has empowered most families within the ministry to keep their children in school beyond levels they attained themselves. In addition, their relatives in rural settings have benefitted along with the orphans under their care. Grown women within the ministry have paid standing educational debts, been tutored, paid to retake exams, paid to get results and entered into post-secondary school to pursue careers in education and nursing. By providing a financial means, and encouraging that growth, generational changes are being made.