“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Dazzle Africa believes deeply in the transformative power of education because a great education can change everything. The truth is, education is not just about one person, the effects reach the entire community.
The education vision of Dazzle Africa is to provide holistic economic and academic supports to students and their families in Mfuwe, Zambia. We focus on supporting students who have the academic abilities and mindset but do not have the economic means to leverage education as a catalyst. Our educational scholarships have a primary emphasis on tertiary education (post high school) so that young people feel empowered to have choices to create a sustainable future.
Overview of Education in Zambia
Education for pupils in Zambia starts at around seven years old when they enter school at grade one. Within Government funded schools, grade one to grade seven pupils receive a free education. At grade seven, pupils will sit for their Certificate of Primary Education and if they pass will continue through to grade eight where they will then have to start paying school fees. At the end of grade nine, pupils sit for their exams and at grade twelve, their exams will determine if they are eligible to attend college, university, or a trade school within Zambia.
At Dazzle Africa, we do this through:
- Securing sponsors who are invested in the long-term investment of the child. These sponsors provide annual funding that cover:
- Room and Board
- School Supplies
- Other services as needed
- Leadership opportunities when appropriate
- Ongoing communication with students that allows us to share updates with sponsors that include: academic reports, letters from the student and a recent photo 2-3 times a year.
- Focusing on selecting students whose parents are employees at Conservation South Luangwa to support those families who are taking a brave stance on animal poaching and merge our passion for conservation and education.
- Focusing educational sponsorships to and through tertiary education.
- Creating and maintaining an entrepreneurial marketplace, called Hands Over Zambia that sells local handmade art goods that are created by the students at Mfuwe Secondary School.