Community Education and Health Care Programme

Published

05/19/2018

Start Date

05/20/2018

End Date

05/20/2022

Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Cairo Road
Cairo road
Lusaka
Lusaka Province
10101
Zambia

Description

Zambia is one of the countries in the region with a number of school going children who are not able to read competently in commensurate with their age and grade levels. This has been a serious problem for many decades as indicated in the Ministry of Education (MOE) policy document and other literature (Eakle and Garber, 2003; MOE, 1996 p. 39; Millennium Development Goals Progress Report, 2011).According to UNICEF, just 64% of Zambia’s young people (aged between 15 and 24 years old) are literate, with 47% of children dropping out of school before completing their primary education. Zambia’s disease burden are environmental and related to water and sanitation. Its effects are experienced mostly in rural communities. Its effects are experienced mostly in rural communities. . The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) on Water Supply and Sanitation estimated rural sanitation coverage in Zambia to be 43% in 2008 In 2015, 61% of the total population had access to "at least basic water service", or 86% of the urban population and 44% of the rural population. However, around 6 million people in Zambia still lack access to "at least basic water". As for sanitation, in 2015, 31% of the total population had access to "at least basic sanitation" service. 49% of the urban population had access to basic sanitation and 19% of the rural population. Due to this, CHILDHOPE ZAMBIA is looking for volunteers to empower the orphans and other vulnerable children, poor and marginalised, disadvantaged/underprivileged, disabled children and community members   in rural primary schools improve their reading and writing skills and promote cost effective access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene as close as possible for both primary schools and community members through active participation. The volunteers will promote the value of community collaboration in developing and sustaining genuine reading and writing, health, hygiene and water and sanitation services based on family and community leadership’s positive appreciation of their responsibilities in promoting such services through active participation and contribution to the improved child literacy, disease prevention and management within their communities and households. The volunteers will promote the participation of teachers, parents, community members, youths, pupils, and people living with disability, traditional and religious leaders, councillors and the Private Sector in the provision of these services. The volunteers will be required to work with the Ministry of General Education, the District Education Board Secretaries (DEBS), Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, other government line ministries and the NGOs/CSOs and the Private Sector. The volunteers will also work closely with the Councillors, local pupils, the parents of the primary school children, traditional and religious leaders to ensure grassroots ownership of the Project. The volunteers will be required to build the capacity of teachers, youths, children/pupils, community representatives, leaders, artisans, women and community members in child reading and writing and WASH. The volunteers will be required to support and form classroom libraries and reading camps. Volunteers working with community members will renovate old water points at school and community level and sink boreholes, well fitted with hand pumps. The volunteers will be required to promote the construction of household conventional pit latrines and the formation of primary school teacher Networks. It is required that volunteers develop water and sanitation infrastructure, enhance school and community led Health and Sanitation Education by carrying out mass hygiene and sanitation education and promotion which includes disabled and child friendly WASH in primary schools and communities encompassing house- to- house visits and community conversations. Volunteers will promote the cooperation between families and the classroom libraries by informing parents/families about the reading and writing plans of the libraries, telling them what they can do to improve the learners’ reading and writing skills. Parental support to the proposed literacy activities will be sought to create new readers among parents of the children and gather information from families about their children’s reading and writing habits. The volunteers will encourage the pupils to read books adopted to their level each week in order to improve their reading skills. Volunteers will be encouraged to incorporate disability issues at all stages of their engagement with communities. Volunteers will conduct meetings with primary school children on how to prevent diarrheal diseases, promote water and sanitation related behaviours and other waterborne and sanitation related illnesses and promote child widespread adoption of safe hygiene practices through an interactive, child-centered, participatory approach that will build life skills and empower school children to make good choices which begin with, built upon, what local people know, want and do. Volunteers are required to commit to increasing community knowledge to respecting and protecting the environment through various means. We are looking for people with the passion and commitment towards the work we do. We consider your time valuable no matter how little it may be as this will make an impact to the  orphans and other vulnerable children, poor and marginalized, disadvantaged/underprivileged, disabled children and community members orphans and other vulnerable children, poor and marginalized, disadvantaged/underprivileged, disabled children and community members. Without your valuable support, we are unable to function adequately. We welcome partnerships from individuals, the private sector, the church, public and private foundations, NGOs, CSOs, Corporations, students, associations, retires,couples,the elderly people who have the energy to help, people with from all walks of life who have something to offer. If you are interested to help, email us at: childhopezambia@zambian.com. Phone: +260-977773243.

Remote

Ok

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

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