Chimfunshi Community School
Twampane Primary School was built by the Chimfunshi Chimpanzee Wildlife Orphanage to serve the children of its workers and neighbouring villages as the closest school is 42 km away. Twampane Primary has made great strides in improving literacy and education for these hard-working villagers. However, without higher education, these children have no hopes of ultimately becoming a part of the University system through which to gain meaningful employment.
In early 2016, the community and management of Chimfunshi with the support of the Children of Conservation and in coordination with the Zambia Government developed a plan and capital campaign to build a Government Certified Secondary School. If the school was built, the Government would commit teachers and their salaries.
Through CofC contributions, individual donations of all, the many hands of volunteers and community and with kind support of family foundations, the school began construction in late summer 2016.
In May 2017, the construction of the first secondary school ever built in the villages surrounding Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. At its Inauguration, Government education officials inspected and approved certification of the school, and committed to working with Chimfunshi to make the school a National Exams testing centre. The first classes began June 2017 with 67 secondary students entering the school, with ages among 11 to 21. In 2019, there are 190 students attending the school.
What We Need
Twampane School not only caters for children of Chimfunshi employees. It also serves children from the surrounding communities. Some fo these children have to walk long distances to get to school everyday.
Chimfunshi intends to buy a school bus to provide daily transport to and from school, for children from the surrounding communities.