Last summer our Director of Training’s son travelled to Zambia to support the Siansowa community by assisting with the build of a new classroom and helping with teaching. We wrote about it here.
Andrew Willson’s 17-year-old son, David, along with 25 other students from St. Mary’s school in Newcastle, fundraised to cover the costs of the trip to the rural village of Siansowa.
Along with expedition leaders from Adventure Life Signs, the group assisted with the construction of a second building at the village’s school to allow senior classes to be run for the first time. The new build supports the progress of the school which currently caters for over 600 children.
Following this, the group helped with teaching and sporting activities for the local pupils. The school is very much focused on practical education and alongside teaching reading and writing, the pupils learn skills such as carpentry, sewing, growing produce and raising poultry.
Andrew said: “The group gained insight into life in rural Africa and a very real appreciation between the educational differences and opportunities offered.”
St. Mary’s school is now planning a follow-up trip to revisit the village in the summer of 2019.
Andrew concluded: “We’re very proud to support this meaningful work, which is aligned with Absolute Quality’s values. The interventions we have with our clients, including training and the implementation of management systems, are always focussed on the needs of the recipients and in line with a founding philosophy of ours – “We work with people to develop capabilities and capacity rather than dependency.”