St Agness Church Primary School is situated in a rural area about two hours drive from Ndola. There are about 360 children who attend, from Grades 1 to 7. At present they only have 4 classrooms of which two are extremely small, walls unplastered with only openings for doors and windows. The pupils have to carry their desks and benches across the school yard to the larger classrooms every day for safe storage over night. They have very few text books and other school resources. The facilities at St Agness school was quite a contrast to the 1st school that Hands of Compassion had been supporting over the years. They only had 2 pupil toilets, 1 for boys and 1 for girls so their urgent need was to have an additional toilet block.
In addition they need help in completing a two classroom block which at present is only at window height.
Hands of Compassion promised to help them, and have sent a first instalment to enable them to start digging the foundations for the pupil toilet block.
There are increasing numbers of children who are not going to school, so the Ministry of Education have persuaded all schools to increase their intake to accommodate more pupils in school. Hands of Compassion School now has 600 pupils.
Miriam Kalunga, 10 years old, is chosen as the one out of 600 pupils who made the best performance in the Hands of Compassion School. She was presented an Achievement Award medal and certificate, as well as a school bag and Tshirt.
In December we received news that all 41 of our Grade 7 students took and PASSED the end of Primary School examinations. That is a tremendous result.
18 of these students, because of their high pass mark, have been automatically awarded a place at Kanseneshi High School.
It is always a privilege to see the hard-work that our students put into their education throughout their time at Hands of Compassion School, knowing that they, through your generosity in supporting the school, can make their dreams a reality. By offering primary education to these students we give them a hope for the future.