Open Arms School in Zambia

Open Arms is a rural, community primary school in Zambia, located about half an hour’s drive outside Lusaka. It is one-form entry with classes of around 40 children. It serves a very disadvantaged community where the majority of parents are unemployed and many children are orphaned or otherwise vulnerable. The school grows its own vegetables on site and feeds all children a hot meal every day. Some teachers are under-qualified and use very traditional teaching methods; a University of Cambridge Faculty of Education research project (see www.OER4Schools.org) is providing locally contextualised professional development to help staff develop more interactive approaches.

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