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There are 10 School Mission leaders, who work in 5 of the biggest cities in Zambia, where there is a concentration of schools.All leaders have a 2-year education from Kaniki Bible College, and have been through a 56-day intensive course in psychological counselling, which is very relevant in the Zambian society. This enables them to both teach, support and counsel teachers as well as students. Most of the leaders have years of experience with School Mission work and therefore also a good contact and access to many of the schools.
”Earlier we had to ask permission to speak in the schools, but now the schools are asking us to come, because they can see the difference our work makes.”
Tom Kasanda, School Mission leader
The headmasters know, that they are in a desperate situation, and they warmly welcome the School Mission leaders. Often a meeting is arranged with all teachers in the staff room. The leaders lecture in both classrooms and school halls, where there are frequent opportunities to speak to more than 1000 students in one school.
Openness and support from the administration and the school leadership is a key element for teachers. It can be very hard for a teacher to start a programme for his colleagues, if it has not been backed up by the leadership first. School Mission has been a big help for many in this situation, both in teaching on how to approach the leadership as a teacher, but also in having our own contact to many headmasters.
“If you do not get a breakthrough with the school leader, he will not support the programme. The School Mission trained us and gave us tools on how to approach the leadership. Therefore it is now easier, as the headmaster can talk to the teachers. They listen to him, because he is an authority, so the School Mission has made it easier for us.”
Father, Ndeke High School.
The headmasters can see how the School Mission programme affects their teachers and schools, and some have started to ask whether they can receive the teaching also.
”I am very grateful to the School Mission. They teach leadership and go against vandalism. When they teach, it has a different affect on our students and teachers, because the message comes from someone outside the school, and I hope that this work may continue.”