Education is the key to success
Cynthia is aged 17 and is a Grade 10 pupil at Kampinda Secondary School in Zambia, funded by the Costa Foundation in 2017 and opened in 2018.
Cynthia has six siblings. She and her younger brother Daniel took their exams in their local primary school in 2017 for Grade 9 and 7 respectively and both passed. Unfortunately it was the school fees that were a struggle for them because her mother is a trader and her father a coffee farmer and income for them both is low. Cynthia says: “After the exam results came out my mother asked who will go to secondary school first because she couldn’t afford to pay for both me and my young brother”.
"Just then my father said; both will go to school. His mother (Cynthia’s Grandmother) had heard about Kampinda Secondary School where they do not charge school fees for the day scholars. You only need to buy a school uniform, books and stationery. I decided that we would both go to school, my brother to the local secondary school (which my parents could afford) and I would go to Kampinda school where there were no school fees. I moved to stay with my grandmother in Henry Kapata village which is near to Kampinda School."
“I thank God for the Costa Foundation and PEAS who built a school which provides zero fees for day scholars. Many children in the community could not afford to go to secondary school and are now able to attend because there are no fees”
This school has both day and boarding facilities for those who come from far away. Day scholars are given lunch, which is important because for some it is the only meal they get in a day.
“My favourite subjects are English and R.E- I want to become a Journalist in the future.”
"There are many interesting clubs at this school - for me, I am a member of the Drama club. This club has taught me to have confidence in myself and to be able to speak in public. The important thing is that teachers at this school are always there to give you support when you need it and encourage us to work hard by giving us homework, assignments and a lot of class work and research to keep us busy."
“The Costa Foundation and PEAS should bring in more schools that are zero fees to help parents who cannot afford to pay school fees for their children to educate them so that they can study and help reduce poverty in Zambia.”
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