About Us

OUR ORIGIN STORY

Zambia remains one of the least developed countries in Africa, with 54% of our population living on less than $1.90 a day. Our literacy rate stands at 55.3%, with illiteracy much more pronounced in females than males. The recent announcement of free education for grades 1 – 12 has since doubled the average teacher-to-pupil ratio from 1:42 to 1:84.

The high school Mwenya went to had a teacher-to-pupil ratio of 1:48. Apart from the sciences, it was difficult to grasp concepts from non-practical subjects in class. In her final year of high school, she created interactive visual aids in Geography and Chemistry using recycled material for effective learning and to inform her peers of the climate crisis. She harnessed the importance of using young people’s stories, ideas, and solution to revolutionise policies in education from her high school. It encouraged community participation among her peers and has remained the blueprint of the initiative while integrating new methods to make it user-friendly.

“There is a missing element to the overall learning curriculum approach – the concept of focusing on the academic brilliance of a person while ignoring other characteristics that will help with an individual’s personality development is something that needs revisiting and improvisation at entirely every level of study.” – Mwenya Mwamba

The Paideia Project addresses challenges like the teacher-to-pupil ratio and inadequate climate change education in the existing curriculum by establishing the Paideia club that focuses on a holistic approach to education in community schools. The club mirrors the work of the initiative, a hub where young people are actively involved in the problem-solving process.

WHEN YOU EDUCATE, YOU ACTIVE!!!

Why a website?

This website is a means to not only document the work that the Paideia Project is pursuing in the community, but also to emphasise the “power of storytelling” as a means to understand who we are and get a sense of our communities. We hope the stories we share are a glimmer of hope to the challenges that we are facing in our world today, and we are that light that most people are constantly looking for. Read an article or watch a video to see what we are up to.

Why quality education?

We believe Quality Education SDG4, is the hallmark of achieving all the sustainable development goals, and what better way than to implement them in our education system through creative tools and platforms. And Partnerships for the Goals SDG17), are key to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 SDG agenda.