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THE TONGABEZI TRUST SCHOOL

 

The Tongabezi Trust School was set up by Vanessa Parker, who was previously teaching as a volunteer in Livingstone. Vanessa is the wife of Ben, who established Tongabezi in 1990 together with the late William Ruck-Keene.

The school opened on 1 May 1996 and due to its huge success it has been growing ever since. Vanessa donates her time to the school on a purely voluntary basis. The school provides education to the Tongabezi staff children, as well as children from the local community, in an area where educational funding and materials are scarce.

Tujatane has grown from a pre-school class of 15 children, to a primary school with over 240 students. The school has charity status in the UK and is completely funded on donations. Apart from the first classroom, which Tongabezi built, the development of the school has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of donors all over the world. These donations range from individual child sponsorship, teacher sponsorship, help with our food programme, medical programme to building projects. The school currently has nine classrooms, two offices, a library and a reading room, a kitchen and canteen, an amphitheatre, a storeroom, a computer room with ten donated laptops, a fully equipped science laboratory and a fantastic music room with guitars and keyboards as well as local instruments such as the marimba. We are currently extending the school with one final classroom and an art room for all the grades to share.

 

The Tongabezi Trust School
P.O. Box 60113, Livingstone, Zambia
email: vanessa@tongabezi.com