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St Agness Church Primary School

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.

Unfinished classroom block
Small classroom

Congratulations to Grade 7s

Government Examinations

In December we received news that 80 out of 82 of our Grade 7 students took and PASSED the end of Primary School examinations. That is a tremendous result.

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.

Abbishy

Abbishy was a former pupil at the school in Chipulukusu. Abbishy’s father died when he was very young and his mother died when he was 12 years old, leaving Abbishy to be looked after by his older brother. It was very tough for him, leaving his home with just one small plastic bag, no blanket or bedding.

There are many children who live in similar circumstances, no bed to sleep on, just the floor or an old chair, sharing a blanket with one’s brother. Coming home from school but having no good light to do homework, just a paraffin lamp or candle. Yet despite these tough conditions, Abbishy worked hard and is now studying to be a Teacher at College, completing in December 2018, when he hopes to become a Teacher at Secondary school specialising in Mathematics and Agricultural Science.

Paul

Paul was a former pupil at the school in Chipulukusu . Paul’s father died when he was only three years old and his mother and grandmother died in tragic circumstances whilst he was at Secondary school. Despite the hard struggles that Paul had to face, he did exceptionally well at school.

Paul’s wish had always been to become a Doctor. He was accepted as a student at University and attained his degree in BioMedical Science. He is now continuing the second stage of his studies to become a Doctor – “This is my will, to work extra hard, God has helped in every step that I do, I want to be helping patients who are in need and facing obstacles in life” said Paul – he is following his dream!

Our next phase of operation

Following changes in the Zambian Ministry of Education regulations, the status of Hands of Compassion school has now become a Community school.

This means that the objectives of the UK Trust Deed need to be refined and as a result, expand to include supporting other educational projects.  A decision has been made by Trustees and supported by many donors,  to now start the process of implementing these changes.

Achievement Award 2016

Moses Mwewe, 11 years old in Grade 3 class was chosen as the best pupil in the whole school to have made the most progress during 2016.  Moses was presented with an Achievement Award, a medal saying Well done, a pair of school shoes, a school bag, a T shirt and a Certificate.   His class friends sang to celebrate the occasion, accompanied by Moses’ mother who danced, showing her happiness and proud that her son had done so well.     January 2017

Congratulations to Grade 7s

Government Examinations

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.