A huge problem with education in Zambia is that students do not have text books. Because of this, teachers copy the lesson from the book, onto the blackboard for the students to copy. Often, the kids cannot read what they’ve just copied. The textbooks are pretty good. They teach the important skills that everyone needs to know, and skills specific to life in Zambia as well. The problem is that it takes so much class time for the students to copy the entire lesson each day, that the activities are skipped. These activities are where the learning really happens.... they shouldn’t be skipped over!
At Appleseed,we want our teachers to be able to use more current teaching methods and that can begin with each child having a set of books. It is our goal to do this for each child, but it is imperative that we do it NOW for our 7th graders. With their own books, they can read and discuss the lesson together in class and spend time doing the activities that go with the lesson. These children will take a very important and high stakes exam in October. Every seventh grade student must take and pass this exam in order to go on to Secondary school. Their score dictates which secondary school they get into. Our kids have high hopes for this test. I have faith in them, but I am also extremely nervous for them. They had very few academic skills or knowledge when they came to Appleseed, and they are making up for lost time. Their thirst for knowledge is inspiring! In order to give them the very best chance to pass this big exam, we are raising funds to buy each 7th grader a set of textbooks. Unlike textbooks in the U.S. they are not that expensive. Each book is about $8.00 and they need 5 subjects each. Please consider helping one of these hard working and dedicated kids!!
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