Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

In 2011, the Roger Federer Foundation launched a community school initiative in rural areas of Zambia together with the local partner organization People’s Action Forum (PAF). As public education cannot reach all people in Zambia,  particularly in remote areas, the communities themselves established and run so-called community schools. The aim of the initiative is to support and strengthen these primary schools. Until to date, the Board has approved a total budget of CHF 1.6 million for this purpose. Two external evaluations took place over the last six years - they have shown good impact results. Some of the outcomes are:

  • The programme has reached 85,000 children in total so far. Girls’ enrolments increased by 46.3% in the community schools of Phase I (2011-2014) and by 6% in the community schools of Phase II.
  • In Phase II, the objective to bring girls back to school was met with success. The percentage of girls re-entering school increased by 64% from 2015 to 2017. Dropouts were reduced by 60%.
  • Enrolments of orphans showed an increase of 62.7%.
  • 80.9% of all targeted community schools are formulating a school governance, a community development committee as well as a Parent Community School Committee (PCSC). 
  • Progress was also made towards improving government contribution, with 83% of the schools having received some form of government support.
  • One key objective of Phase II was the establishment of Girls Action Forums (GAF); 76 were established. In the sampled schools, the number of girls enrolled in GAFs has increased from zero to 2,692. Pregnancies were reduced by 20%, from 61 in 2016 to 41 in 2017, school dropouts by 60%, from 891 in 2014 to 227 in 2016, and absenteeism decreased too. Of the respondents, 91% indicated that Girls Action Forums contributed towards improving the school environment.

A third phase, which started in 2017, will be running until 2019. In this phase, 18,200 children should receive the opportunity to acquire life skills through better access to and quality of primary education. The programme targets 90 communities in Chadiza, Mambwe and Chipata in Eastern Province. The main objectives of the third phase are the following:

  • Strengthened community involvement and improved school governance skills of PCSCs in the attainment of GAFs.
  • Achieve national minimum standard for child-friendly schools.
  • Increase the enrolment of all learners by 10%, and achieve a retention of all learners of 90%, with a special focus on girls. Reach attendance rates of 90%, and increase pass rates of learners in all grades by 10%.
  • Increase financial contribution towards schools, as well as material contribution by 20% (compared to baseline numbers).
  • Establish school development plans, implement a minimum of two projects, and meet at least three achievements on the community ownership rating scale in 70 out of 90 PCSCs. All 90 schools are expected to meet the child friendly minimum standard.
  • Decrease girls’ dropouts by 40%, early pregnancies incidences by 100%, and early marriages by 80%. Increase girls attendance rates by 70%. 

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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