Obviously a wondrously effective organisation. Small, but exquisite in every detail”
Bill Oddie, OBE – Birdwatcher, natural history presenter and High Five Club Patron
This month the High Five Club has joined hands with Eastbourne College in East Sussex to launch a pioneering “Breakfast Club” at Malimba Community School in Zambia, providing pupils with a nutritious porridge cooked by volunteers from the community each school day.
Malimba Basic School is a rural school in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. There is much poverty in this community and the children often go to school hungry, or miss school altogether to look for food or because they are too hungry to walk, for some up to 5km, to walk there.
The idea of a sponsored feeding programme at Malimba Community School is as simple as it is effective – full bellies mean fuller classrooms and improved learning. The availability of one decent meal a day for these children will mean that attendance levels will soar – children will no longer need to miss classes to go out and search for food. The boost to daily nutritional levels that such a feeding programme will provide means that the basic health of the children should improve dramatically, thus helping them to fight off the malaria and other diseases and infections they can so easily fall prey to. Many have been HIV positive since birth.
Performing Arts have become an increasingly important part of school life at Tujatane. The students have an inherent love and passion for dancing, drama and music. By supplementing their academic programme whilst at school with performing arts, benefits the overall quality of education and individual development. Tujatane have a fantastic drama teacher, their Deputy Head Sydney, and a very talented music teacher, Mike, running the performing arts programmes. This includes poetry, choir, traditional dance and drama as well as a music scholars programme for exceptionally talented students.
Each year Tujatane competes with all primary schools across Zambia in national performing arts competitions and they are proud to hold the title for ‘Best traditional dancers in Zambia’ for primary (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013). They also came 2nd nationally in 2013 for Drama and Poetry!
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This short movie clip features some of the rural communities we as the High Five Club are working with in Africa and the issues they face.
We are happy to announce that we have extended our support of the Women’s Adult Literacy Programme delivered by the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, thereby empowering more marginalised women in Malawi to lift themselves out of poverty through education. Over the 10 month course, 130 women from poor communities in Lilongwe will acquire skills in reading, writing and numeracy and will at the same time be better able to understand critical issues concerning the conservation of biodiversity through the choice of wildlife and environmental learning themes. We have also facilitated fund-raising efforts for other development projects in this community.
The High Five Club has connected The Edmund Waller School in London with the Mara Riante Nursery School in Kenya. It is hoped that a strong relationship between the two schools is forming and that in the months to come the schools will be eligible to receive further help from The British Council’s Connecting Classrooms initiative.
We have recently joined hands with the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley in support of their Zambian Student’s Fund. The aim is to conduct a ground-breaking International Conservation Exchange, linking their Zambian Chipembele Conservation Club students with students from a school in Australia.
In 2014 ten of their most outstanding students will visit Adelaide on an international conservation education exchange. This will be the first time these rural children will have travelled outside their country. We have contributed towards their travel fee to Australia by purchasing a tile on Chipembele’s supporter’s Wall ($200/£134.99) www.chipembele.org/supporterswall.
In the African bush a hunter is confronted by an angry conservationist armed with a gun. As the poacher pleads for his life, we unravel the complex issues around wildlife conservation in this beautiful but dangerous land.
Ian Redmond talks about the challenges facing wildlife and local communities in Africa today and some of the choices open to conservationists. He also explains why he is supporting and attending the performance of SNARED at Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre.