The Friends’ Association Namwala Secondary School was developed through the partnership between the Abbey School in Einsiedeln and Namwala Secondary School.
Johannes van der Weijden came to know Namwala Secondary School in the 1970’s through his many years in the teaching profession. When he first returned to Namwala in 2004, after 29 years, he found the school in a desolate state. It had been years since anyone invested in the upkeep of the school. Many of the classrooms and sleeping rooms had broken windows.
The sanitary facilities were barely functional and teaching materials were simply missing.
The highly motivated Abbey School in Einsiedeln would prove to be a great partner for the school in Zambia. It is at this school that Johannes van der Weijden previously taught math. Within the next several years they were able to collect almost 400,000 francs which enabled them to realize many projects. During the 2006, 2008, and 2010 summer breaks Johannes van der Weijden organized trips to Zambia for the students and teachers of the Abbey School in Einsiedeln.
On February 1, 2014 the Friends’ Association was officially established to clarify the tax situation. Please find our constitution here (German only).
Plans and Goals
The support and advancement of Namwala Secondary School is mainly of a financial nature. The Friends’ Association and its members would like to continue their support of Namwala Secondary School in the future. Whether it is maintenance or additional construction is irrelevant. To ensure the donated monies are used responsibly and allocated properly the schools leaders will scrutinize any projects that are planned and submitted. Any material lists and service offers must also be examined. All invoices will be handled and paid directly by the Booster Club. Another important factor that will be evaluated is the collaboration of the school during the implementation of the projects.
As a long term goal we would like to improve handiwork disciplines such as metal and wood working, sowing as well as information technology. Some of this will require additional teacher training and/or acquiring specific instructional materials.
Another goal is to financially support a small number of students that cannot come up with the necessary funds for school nor count on a government grant.