Kabuta High School

Following the successful launch of the first PEAS and Costa Foundation school to provide zero-fees in Zambia, we sought to build on the momentum by establishing a second school in the area. The school opened in February 2019 and has already received overwhelming support.

According to research by the World Bank and the Zambian government, Mungwi District has the second highest proportion of poverty across all districts in Zambia. Mungwi is largely rural with no major town or settlements, and its thinly spread population mainly relies on rain-fed agriculture as a source of income.

Access to secondary schools in the district is very limited: there are 95 government primary schools and just 15 government secondary schools. The larger secondary schools are highly selective with fees that are unaffordable to the majority of the local community, therefore attracting mostly students from outside Mungwi. There were also no boarding facilities for girls, further limiting their access to education.

The phase one new school offers a four classroom block, two science labs, a computer lab, boys’ and girls’ dormitories, staff rooms, a sick bay, electricity, fresh water, a kitchen and a perimeter fence. More than 250 students are currently using the facilities.