TO ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS:
His Excellency President Lungu instructed all schools in Zambia to open their doors for the Examination classes on June 1, 2020. At Twitti Primary School the only Examination Class is Grade 7.
Schools had closed on Thursday March 19th due to the pandemic. The month of April was a scheduled Term Break.
Therefore the students missed instruction for 8 days in March, plus all of May. The Grade 7 pupils are scheduled to write their National Exams in November. The results of these exams will determine the forward path of their education.
Precautions were to be in place for the beginning of class: disinfection of the school, the proper set up for physical distancing in class, stations with water and soap for hand washing, and masks.
Not all parents in Zambia were convinced that it would be safe for their children to return.
COVID-19 restrictions cancelled the planned May 2020 visit to Twitti by FFZ Director Shelley O'Callaghan.
However a report on the July 2019 visit by FFZ Director Judy Kramer can be found in the Visitor Reports Section. It includes a link to a video in which Lydia Maonde tells the story of Twitti.
In this Blog TPS gives more detail about what is happening at the school. There are current photos that are later moved to the Gallery. Let us know if you want to find out more information.
Friends For Zambia, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Canada, works to further primary education in the community of Lilayi, Zambia. FFZ was established to financially assist the community to construct Twitti Primary School. This beautiful school,serving approximately 500 children from Baby Class to Grade 7, was officially opened in July 2012.
Since then, Friends For Zambia has maintained its involvement with the school and continues to support various projects identified by the Lilayi Education Trust.
In this period of the COVID19 pandemic FFZ was called upon to find a way to provide some financial aid for the school. The organization was very pleased to be able to assist.
In October 2018 Lafarge Zambia donated 300 pockets of cement to be used in TPS infrastructure projects.
January 2019: The first project was the construction of a wall at the rear of the Twitti property. This wall provides security for the pupils and the school property. Thank you Lafarge for making this pos!
A strong community statement from Lafarge: "When our communities start to prosper because of our involvement and the Lafarge name becomes synonymous with constant unwavering commitment, then we are on our way to one of our greatest growth objectives: Building a better Zambia.
Soon after an initial connection was made between Twitti School and Lafarge in 2007 by Friends For Zambia, the company made a commitment to provide all the bags of cement required to construct the new Twitti School buildings. The first delivery was made in April 2008, and deliveries continued until the school was complete.