Chichetekelo School of Arts and Science

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Chichetekelo School of Arts and Science : Providing education to economically disadvantage children.

Mpika, ZambiaStone Mountain, United States
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Chichetekelo School of Arts and Science was launched to provide an education to children who had no access to learning due to being economically disadvantaged.

Acquire resources through corporate and individual donors along with volunteers to support and sustain the vision.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if education was accessible to children in remote areas of Zambia, they could improve their economic standing in the world and move toward
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The lack of access of education for economically disadvantage children in rural and remote parts of Zambia.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Secured rental property to establish a school building. Hired certified teachers for kindergarten, first and second grade. Provided 50 to 60 students with a comprehensive education. Curriculum aligns with the Ministry of Education in Zambia. Contracted carpenters locally to build desks, chairs, and office furniture for the school. Identified a brick mason to build toilets (3) stalls; this is a requirement by the Ministry of Education. Each student (1) meal per day for each child (Goal to increase to two meals per day). Provided uniforms for all students including shoes. Facilitated graduation of the Kindergarten class and provided caps and gowns for each student.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We observed improvement of behavior and self-esteem. Especially when the students received donations for new shoes and clothing (uniforms). The students primarily come from a village near Mpika called Chituleka. There is no opulence there. Families begin there day to support base needs such as harvesting food, gather water many times scarce, and managing clothing. It appeared to me to be hundreds of children that spend their day playing there with no opportunity for education. I found them to be very energetic with energy provided by sugar cane as they speed through the trails. Once we leased a building the parents started inquiring. We are starting to see it's impact on the morale of those economically disadvantaged in the village.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

While in the village Sonia and I organized something like a town hall meeting. We had a question and answer session how the families could be supported to change their lives. Because they could not afford school and clothing for their children they saw this as a great opportunity. As part of the school we created a Parent Teacher Committee consisting of about 10 women seen in the video uploaded. This increased morale and ownership of the school. We plan to use this model as part of sustaining the school in the local economy. To date 50 to 60 children have benefited. We have formed a staff and recently added a music teacher as part of our goals to provide arts programs. We provided soccer balls for play and exercise. All these things have caused a source of pride that is continually gaining momentum. It's impact is seen on the faces of the photos of many children.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We can't stay in the leased building forever. We've began negotiation for some land near the village to build a school. The location is great because so many children want have to walk to far from home. We look to fund a borehole for continuous water supply. We tend to use whats going on here to bring awareness of whats possible with a little sacrifice. We see the school as a center for continuing education in the future. While education is our focus, health and possibly other behavior issues addressed can be an indirect result for positive change in the short and long term.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Recruitment of volunteers Secure funding through individuals, corporate sponsorship, and foundations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

To my knowledge I'm not aware of any other organization(s) providing access to these economically disadvantaged children in this rural area of Zambia, Africa. Specifically the many children in the village of Chituleka.

Founding Story

Passion for working children has always been a source of satisfaction for me. When I met my co-founder of the school Mrs Sonia Mwaba on social media in 2011 she described a state of despair and hopelessness, that affected the children we now serve as students. We decided to do something about it. From her small home and help from a volunteer from the neighborhood we started classes. I would send parcels of supplies from the USA and funds to help feed and cloth the children. In 2012 the doors of our school was opened with approval of the Ministry of Education Zambia. Note: The evolution of the school can be seen in our video.


The Team Consists of the following staff members: Volunteer Board compiled of 5 individuals All Full-time staff at the school Principal Kindergarten
About You
Chichetekelo School of Arts and Science
About You
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Last Name


About Your Project
Organization Name

Chichetekelo School of Arts and Science

How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

, GA, Stone Mountain

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Mpika

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Other.


No awards have been received to date. But I was contacted by IBM regarding some photos taken in the village of Chituleka where the children primarily reside. They show how they were crudely using a old solar panel for electricity. I created a poster in the village of toy vehicle the children created for play for a poster contest. Actually that's the photo image uploaded.

Primary Target Age Group

3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Administrator, Coach, Teacher.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a school(s), I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free).

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Extracurricular, Community, other.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.


Student School Lunch Program, Clothing and Shoes, Water, Educational Supplies, and Teacher Sponsorship.


I can offer cultural consulting. I visit the area of world each year.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Students served. To increase proficiency of 50 to 60 students in math, reading, writing and the English language by 50% as measure by the pre and post test.

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

The current model consist of providing the basic curriculum of math, science, reading, computer technology, music and art to economically disadvantage youth ages six (6) to twelve(12). Classes convene Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Staff includes a Principal,(4) teachers and a custodian

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

In the village of Chituteka in the rural area of Mpika, Zambia Africa I observed children at play in May 2013.

It was evident through their creativity in building a vehicle the materials consisted of a cardboard beer carton, the axles were made of wooden sticks. The front wheels were formed into wheels from wood shavings and the rear wheels were created out of metal pop bottle tops.

The vehicle was powered by a string attached to a wooden bamboo stick.

Their creativity is evidence that despite them being economically disadvantaged they are already re-image learning.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Learning through play is imperative for the children in the village of Chitutekae due to the economic challenges of each family. Work in this culture for children is a way of life . The luxury of learning through play is best experienced in a school environment setting. This learn through play concept could be replicated in the home using the same tools.

Statistics show that girls who do not get an education in their culture get married at a premature age versus having the opportunity in being educated and living a productive life.

Learn through play is not a nice to have it is a must

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Floyd Mayfield's Fidelity Brokerage Account (Capital Gains) 95%
Donors 5%

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

Chichetekelo school of Arts and Science is governed by Contenders of Africa a 501(c)(3). The purpose of Contenders of Africa, Inc is to encourage and fund international education projects for orphans and at risk children primarily in Africa.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

1. Student Lunch Program 50% of the funding or $10K to serve up to 65 students (2) meals per day. It has been proven nutrition increases a students ability to learn, increased performance outcomes and attendance.
2. Technology Support: To enhance the core curriculum through the use of

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

Initial partnerships are being created through the outreach efforts of contacting:
1. Schools
2. Churches
3. Sororities and Fraternities
4. Organized local sports teams

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Presently PlanetChiche has teamed up with DIYPlanetWalk/factminers to learn more about the digital world. We're working to organize a IT club at the school. The six students have been selected to receive DIYPlanetWalk T-shirts for motivation and inspiration.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

In 15 years Chichetekelo would be a fully functional campus serving students grades 1-8. The school would be financially self-sufficient. Implementing play to learn concepts, technology driven with water solutions and a flourishing nutritional lunch program. The staff would be innovative working collaboratively with the parents and community.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

Each student would be given a pre-test and post-test during each academic school year.
The results would be used as evidence to measure the academic growth and advancement as required by the Ministry of Education in Zambia.

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:
RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:
SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :
IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?


Other (please specify)
Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:


APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Physical Play, Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high).

Other (please specify)
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.