UCZ Education Department
UCZ Synod Headquarters
PLOT No 4583
Nationalist Road, Kabwata.
PO B0x 50122
LANDPHONE: (+26) 0211-250641
NAME OF EDUATION SECRETARY: Keith Alun Waddell.
Keith is an educationalist having taught in Scotland, Denmark, Zimbabwe and Zambia. He is a Mission Partner from the Church of Scotland and has served for 10 years in Central Province and 12 years in Western Province before being appointed in 2016. He is married to Ida and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
NAME OF SECRETARY TO ES: Mrs Clara Banda
The 15 UCZ grant-aided schools are communities of faith and learning whose educational vision is to provide facilities for the attainment of high quality education and to impart moral spiritual values and life-skills in accordance with the teachings and values of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world is God’s creation and human beings are made in his image and likeness. Our purpose therefore is to help all pupils develop holistically, mind, body and soul to their fullest potential in a safe, secure and loving educational environment. Statutory Instrument No 43 of 1993 The Education (Aided Educational Institutions) Regulations provides the structure within which our schools operate.
Our mission schools have served Zambia for over 125 years and this fine tradition of providing quality education at Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary levels continues. This is not just to the UCZ denomination but to Zambian Society as a whole.
Despite our schools often serving areas of significant social deprivation, UCZ Schools make an important contribution to narrowing the attainment gap, raising aspirations and improving the employment and economic prospects of our pupils. Many former pupils from UCZ Mission Schools have gone on to play significant roles in Zambian society and beyond, sub-regionally and globally, transmitting the values and virtues which they have acquired through their Mission education.
2017 Term 1
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PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION
Partnership with the Government in the provision of education dates back to the early decades of 20th Century after Missionary Agencies firmly established Mission stations throughout the country.
|DATE ESTABLISHED||MISSION AGENCY||STATION||PROVINCE|
|1890||Paris Evangelical Mission||Sefula||Barotseland|
|1895||Free Church of Scotland||Mwenzo||Muchinga|
|1900||London Missionary Society||Mbereshi||Luapula|
|1905||Free Church of Scotland||Lubwa||Muchinga|
MISSION SCHOOLS SUPERVISORS
|Rev D Kaunda||Free Church of Scotland|
|Rev G Musialala||Paris Mission|
|Mr Aaron Mwenya||London Missionary Society|
UCZ EDUCATION SECRETARIES
|1966||Rev Derek Nicholas|
|1987||Mr Lawrence Chibutu|
|1988||Mr Martin Ndemena|
|1991||Mr Sande K Simutowe|
|1996||Mr Boniface M Mweemba|
|1997||Mr John Hogg|
|1998||Mrs Isabel K Simukonda|
|2004||Mrs Margaret Munthali|
|2005||Mrs Margaret M Mwiinga|
|2012||Mr Muhali G Muhali|
|2016||Mr Keith A Waddell|
REBRANDING OF KAFUE BOYS AND CHIPEMBI
The rebranding of two of our premier schools is a pilot,marketing strategy in which thesetrusted and well-established schools with good reputations nationally will be improved and developed to create a new, differentiated identity in the minds of pupils, parents and other stakeholders. There will be no radical changes to the logos, names, legal names, image or advertising themes. Their major selling point is that these schools are known for quality, single-sex education in a Christian environment. If this pilot scheme goes well the next phase would include Njase and Mwenzo
Our main aim is to re-position these schools, and move them upmarket so they are on par with other similar Mission Schools, offering enhanced provision. Careful marketing of a product of consistently good quality and sensible pricing will keep our schools ahead of other similar schools and provide value to the Church and other stakeholders.With this need to new-build, modernise and update buildings comes the question of the financial resources to do this. The present level of funding is inadequate to provide the quality education in a pleasant environment we desire to offer our pupils.
The present fees structure will be left for existing pupils within the system but an adjusted figurewill be set each year for new pupils at Grades 8 & 10. Over a5 year period the fees wouldreach a similar level to the premier Roman Catholic Schools. There had been insufficient expansion or diversification of provision in response to emerging requirements of different social groups.The Church is reviewing its educational provisionto better servethe vulnerable and hard-to-reach. orphans and street kids, the illiterate, children and adults with special needs, the blind and deaf, victims of sexual abuse and GBV and the unemployed. It is agreed that at least 10% of places and of income to the schools should go in scholarships and bursaries for pupils in these categories.
These proposals will benefit our pupils and all those who learn through improved resources for teaching and learning across the curriculum. Teachers will be able to improve professional qualifications and skills with increased school support for professional development. With the involvement of parents and other stakeholders they will afford insight and bring grounded contact to the process of improving the learning environment for their children.
WATER, SANITATION AND SOLAR POWER
As part of the improvements infrastructure there is also an emphasis in our Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 on water, water reticulation, sanitation and the increased use of solar power.
Plans for a pilot water scheme at Masuku have been made and work is underway finding possible funders. There are plans to:
- clean and develop 5 existing boreholes,
- drill a new borehole
- redesign the network
- upgrade the main storage tank to 10 000l
- ensure tanks and stands at other designated areas
- Install solar pumps at 6 boreholes
- Water Committee continues to ensure care and maintenance.
Once this is underway at Masuku, similar work is required at Kanchindu, Lubwa, Mabel Shaw, Nambala and Senga Hill. The work in the action plan is costed at K600 000.
With the coming increases in electricity tariffs, schools are looking to using solar power to heat water, for lighting and to run other low energy appliances.
Schools are making good progress with building new classroom blocks, dormitories, ablutions and staff houses as needs are addressed systematically. All schools are making strenuous efforts to improve teacher and pupil performance and ensure that both the quantity and quality of our public examination results continue to improve each year. The Church wishes to strengthen the institutional management of its schools with a Synod Advisory Committee and strengthened Presbytery Committees to build the capacity of School Boards to more effectively plan, cost, manage and monitor the delivery of Educational services.
It is apposite that the present theme for the UCZ is: Revive thy work, O Lord. Habakkuk 3:2. It is our prayer that the Lord Continue to revive and renew his work amongst us. We are thankful for the amazing works he has done for us in the past, revealing himself in all his glory and we trust him for all that is to come.