Project Plan Educational Facilities 2018-2023
educational activities at & from the Chilonga community centre, classroom & workshop, 2018-2023
What crafts & entrepreneurship training
- phase 1: raise 8.200 Euro, build multifunctional classroom with workshop
- phase 2: workshops and classes in the centre, and at surrounding schools; provide access to computers, tools
Where Community Centre Chilonga, Zambia
When october, november 2018 – building; 2019-2023 – training
Why stimulate sustainable economic development
How peer training, revolving fund, skills exchange w. Dutch & Zambian participants
Building a classroom, a semi-outdoor workspace, preparing adjoining garden area
Facilities to be offered
- community centre with educational facilities and a business center
- tools, materials and a working space for various activities (carpentry, tailoring, bricklaying, agroforestry)
- library and classroom (eventually with internet and computers)
- 2 toilets
UPDATE (May 2019): in 2018, we managed to install a solar powered borehole, dig the foundation for the upcoming workshop area, prepare the adjoining garden area and apply for a connection to the national electricity grid. Bricklaying training was initiated during the building of a nearby house. As we did not manage to gather enough funds to finish the building activities in 2018, we will be using the premises of the neighbour for training purposes until we have established our own buildings. Though we lost time on getting water and electricity, we expect to be more (time and cost-) efficient. Construction will restart in July 2019.
Activities of the project
(a) skill exchange projects, between local and regional craftsman, and Dutch & Zambian students and professionals
(b) Training the youth on vocational skills and entrepreneurial skills, like computer training and tourism and crafts in the field of carpentry, tailoring, bricklaying & agroforestry
(c) Forming local network and international networks
- community development through local and international support
- to improve the capacity of the staff of local initiatives and volunteers
- to empower local communities to search for and identify ways of addressing their developmental needs through skill exchange (educating) and supporting community and participants to become effective agents of change.
- to promote age and gender equality through participation in all development activities.
Organization, management and staffing
This project will be implemented by Kambisa!BeHeard. and local community members. Utilising man power of the Kambisa! staff and the locals (to be employed) to carry out the activities at the community centre. We will be inviting various professionals to conduct workshops and mentor sessions. These may be chosen from the local community and/or Dutch students and professionals.
The local office (Zambia) and Kambisa!BeHeard. (Netherlands) will be implementing, monitoring the progress of the project on a weekly basis. Evaluation will take place on a yearly basis and it will involve all stakeholders, including sponsors and a variety of community members of Chilonga, representing man and woman of different ages.
The project involves the participation and collaboration of all concerned in Chilonga community. The Chief, members of the Chilonga Water Committee, the headman and various entrepreneurs and villagers have been consulted before the plans were published. Through its various exchange projects with the Netherlands, the community centre is expected to reduce unemployment rate and spring further development in the Chilonga area.
Via skill exchange & training, the beneficiaries shall be able to develop their business or increase their chances of being employed. We hope to provide possibilities of helping the graduates of the program to participate in a revolving fund, providing them with a small start up capital. This fund is expected to start from small donations and the selling of some of items made during the workshops. By doing so, the revolving fund should allow participants to do their business on their own. Their repayment of credits can again be used to for other people in the programme.
As the area is facing rapid deforestation and periodic water shortages, we have put measures in place that can help protect existing trees. In 2018 and 2019, we hope to drill a borehole, introduce non-charcoal resources for cooking and stimulate a market for non-wood forestry products that will increase the value of living trees. As we aim to promote primarily closed-circle, self-reliant techniques, input like non-organic fertilizer or pesticides will be avoided.
expected Zambian participants per year:
- agroforestry 10 adults, plus 150 pupils
- carpentry 20 adults
- computer 60 adults, plus 250 pupils
- tourism 8 adults
additional workshops and classes will be introduced when need arises.
Total number of participants by 2023: 392 adults, 1000 pupils (via local schools; some pupils will get both agroforestry and computer classes)
Depending on the evaluations in 2022/2023, we will decide if the project will be extended or not.
Phase out strategy
Our phase out strategy is determined by the Zambian Constitution. If for any circumstances, Kambisa! will be forced to cease activities at the community centre, the infrastructure will be turned over to the owners of the land, outstanding bills will be covered and remaining funds will be reserved for future projects that aim to reach the goals defined in Kambisa!’s constitution. Where possible, in consultation with the local community and authorities, running activities will be handed over to trusted local partners.
building costs of classroom and workshop 2018 (in Euro’s)
Window Glass Panes 350
Roof structure 450
Cement for Plastering 550
Crushed stone 200
Steel for Ring beam 200
Cement for Ring beam 200
Steel for Slab 250
Cement for Slab 900
Window Frames 450
Unforeseen (20%) 1250
TOTAL 8200 Euro
- expenses for exchange projects and volunteers who will be providing specialised workshops and mentoring sessions will be covered from ongoing activities at the centre between 2019-2023
- computers and tools for the centre are expected to be sponsored in kind.