Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

2011 the Roger Federer Foundation launched a community school initiative in rural areas of Zambia together with the local partnerorganization PAF. As the government often can not make education available to the people in these areas, the communities themselves establish and run so-called community schools. The aim of the initiative is to support and strengthen these primary schools. Until do date the Board has approved a total budget of 1 million CHF for this purpose. The first phase of the programme has been finalized and externally evaluated in June 2014. The evaluator reported the following results:

  • Significant improvements were observed on meeting the minimum standards that the programme provided for through the achievement of the 5 impact indicators with 50% of all the PAF community schools meeting 100% minimum standard. 20% of the schools have attained 80% of the minimum standard requirement and need further interventions in order to meet minimum standard. 30% of the schools have met only 20% of the minimum standard requirement.
  • Overall impact has been seen in the enrolment increase of 9.1% from 2011 and 2014.
  • Female enrolments  increased to 5046 at a 46.3% change. Enrolments of orphans had an increase of  62.7%. And children with special needs increased at a 600%.
  • In 2011, the total number of teachers at the targeted community schools was at 116 with the enrolment-teacher ratio of 78:1. In 2014, the total number of teachers was increased to 331, successfully achieving an average of 27:1 enrolment-teacher ratio. 
  • Overall improvement was made towards enhancing communities participation in school governance and community development with 34 out of 42(80.9% ) of all targeted community schools formulating a school governance and community development committee and the parent community school committee. 64.7% of existing committees have generated a "School Improvement Plan" for the next years.
  • Overall progress was made towards improving government contribution; with 83.33% of the schools have receiving some form of government support.

Based on the learnings and results of the first phase a second phase has started in 2014 until the end of 2016. PAF extended the programme to new 80 community schools in the two districts Mumbwa and Chipata. In total, 40,000 children are expected to benefit from the intervention. 500 teachers are expected to benefit from the project and 800 PCSC members, 10 representing each PCSC/school. The grant enables PAF to:

  • Establish Girls Action Forum Clubs in all schools, train educators in girls’ empowerment curriculum (career guidance) and establish community based girls’ mentorship program within the school catchment area
  • Train 160 teachers in child friendly methodologies, these teachers become mentor teachers to orient the other untrained teachers in child friendly methodologies
  • Orient the CABLAC members on how to observe and assess child friendliness in a classroom environment. They conduct school visits to observe and assess child friendly status in a classroom environment
  • Train Parents Teacher Committees in school governance and sensitize the community on the importance of education
  • Procure and distribute 4,800 English and mathematics learning books for the grades 6 and 7 in all targeted schools and lobby government to increase its support to the 80 schools
  • Conduct teaching and learning materials production trainings for the 80 targeted schools using locally available
  • Facilitate establishment of extra curricula activities at each school

Our implementing partner PAF

People's Action Forum (PAF), a non-governmental, national non-profit organization, was founded in Zambia in 1994. The PAF´s vision is a peaceful community in which the rural as well as the urban population are able to develop equally and sustainably.  In order to strengthen the rural communities the PAF´s activities focus on the five priorities education, food security, health, economic opportunities and awareness raising. PAF particularly works with children and women in rural areas in order to help them achieve self-determined living conditions. The forum has over 2000 members who support the organisation’s goals on a voluntary basis. In 2008 PAF was awarded the renowned International UNESCO Literacy Award.



Zambia Facts

13.5 Mio
Compulsory education
7-13 years
Enrolment ratio
primary 97%
Teacher/pupil ratio
Population under 15 years

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