Southern Africa Network
In November 2014 ICECS convened a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. A group of NGOs that support community schools from across the region attended. NGO leaders from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia attended. Community Schools in Africa are those schools which are set up either by NGOs working with parents or parents by themselves. They are usually provided because the government has been unable to provide a full state funded provision. Sometimes there is a partnership between community schools and the government. At our meeting we discussed the definition of Community School being used in high and middle income countries where there is a fully funded State system of schooling.
We agreed that working alongside parents and other agencies, supporting the local community and using it as a resource for learning, offering a wide range of relevant learning materials to pupils and the wider community are all good practices for all schools.
Members of the group agreed that we would work together as a network looking for opportunities for funding for joint projects which will allow us to build and share best practice. The group agreed that they would like to receive training in the International Quality Standards for Community Schools particularly to ensure that they are appropriate for Southern African schools.
To view the Southern African mission statement click here Pamoja_Mission_Statement_pdf.pdf.