STUDENTS return to WISDOM

The 7th grade students and the staff are back in school! 

Zambia education is closed for all other elementary (K-7 in Zambia) students.

NEW SCHEDULE:
The students in Zambia are on a trimester system. They normally have their breaks in April, August, and December. But this year, they missed a third of March, all of April and May, putting them about 6 weeks behind. The 7th graders returned to school on June 1 and will get a shorter break in the fall. They normally take their exams around the first of November. This year, the 7th graders will take their exams on December 21st. Hopefully, the students will be fully prepared by that time for their exams.


NEW PRECAUTIONS:
  • The 57 students are divided into 3 classrooms (maximum of 20 students per classroom). 
  • Both the teachers and students have to wear masks in and out of the class room.
  • All students and staff will have their temperature taken each day as they arrive.
  • Students are not be allowed to interact as usual, either at break or lunch time
  • Hand sanitizers with water buckets, are at the main gate, toilet and classrooms.
  • Any student or teacher with flu like symptoms will not be allowed in class. 
  • No handshakes.
  • An emergency call center will be alerted if any student or teacher has a temperature above normal.


NEW TEACHING:
ALL of the teaching staff in the school will teach the 7th graders in three classrooms. All teachers will be involved in preparation and the teaching.






Learning at WISDOM

This world-wide pandemic has shuttered all school in Zambia. The children served by WCS don't have the opportunity for "distance learning" and do not have electricity in their homes. We are in a "wait and see" mode to see when classes will resume. 

LIVING WELL is committed to continue to pay all of the staff as long as funds are available.

Meanwhile, the contractor has finished the secondary school building. Two classrooms from classroom building #3 will be reassigned as a computer lab (larger than the present lab) and a science lab. Grades 6 and 7 will meet in the new building when the 2021 school year begins.

Part of the goal for LIVING WELL's June mission trip was to prepare tables with sinks, etc. for the new science lab. We pray that LIVING WELL will be able to return later in the year to prepare the science lab and equip the computer lab.

Take a look at the completed, new classroom building!


The "front" of the secondary classroom building. This door is to the administrator's office.


The "back" of the building. This end faces classroom building #1.


This side of the building faces classroom building #2. 
This wing of the building has 3 of the classrooms. 


Interior of one class - lighting AND  ceiling fan!


The wing on the right side of the picture has 2 classrooms.
This building was designed to go around the WISDOM tree. The tree's trunk has lost a lot of the dirt that the multiple roots/trunks grew in. It was decided that the best course of action would be to build a retaining wall around it and not allow anyone to climb on it or in it. 



GOOD NEWS at WCS

With all that is happening in the world right now, it's nice to have some good news!

A local, Zambian family donated some playground equipment for the bigger kids at WCS. The LIVING WELL team built a playground for the littles last June. So, now the bigger kids have one too.

It is exciting to see Zambians donate to Zambians. The Gomes family hosted the LIVING WELL - Zambia 2013 team in their home and at their farm and park. Now they have donated the playground equipment. They donated a slide, swing set, and teeter-totter.

We have to welded and painted and installed. A fence around it is being installed now.



WISDOM Prepares for the Next Step

Our contractor is working diligently to complete the high school building for grades 8-12. 

The education department has inspected the site and gave the staff requirements to open the 8th grade. The school must have two classrooms completed - one for the class studies and one for a science lab (which much be equipped). We will also hire 4 teachers certified for that grade level and reassign one current teacher who is already certified.

The staff is pursuing these objectives with hope of beginning grade 8 for the new term, starting January 13, 2020.

See the building progress:
High School Building - North side

High School Building - South side
High School Building - West side


CONTACT US

Ed and Donna Edwards
LIVING WELL
(405)792.2586
info@livingwellokc.org