First term of the 2021 school year is well underway at Twitti Primary School. The pupils returned to find a new sign guiding them onto school property. Maybe they found their faces smiling back at them!
Monday, February 1, 2021 was the first day of the school year, following an official start time delay of 2 weeks.
Parents and guardians were hesitant at first to send their children back during the pandemic. School fees came in slowly for a time, but then the families showed their commitment to the education of the children and they came to terms with a new way of life.
The Administration & teachers are working hard to keep the children safe, while coping with reductions in staff. The following measures have been taken:
1. Children and teachers are wearing their masks, not always an easy thing to do for the whole day.
2. Desks are spaced to respect physical distancing.
3. Everyone is washing hands much more often than usual.
4. The Baby Class (Pre-Kindergarten) is not offered this year in order to have more classroom space available.
A NICE MASK, WORN CORRECTLY OVER THE NOSE
Mr. Sidney Maonde is now the Director of Twitti Primary School. He has replaced former Director Arthur Maonde who retired from this position in 2020.
The appointment of a new Accounts Officer has been confirmed, as directed by the Lilayi Education Trust's Board of Trustees. The position was filled by Mr. Kupanda Kupanda. The school will be using an accounting and software system to monitor cash flow and to accomplish other administrative tasks, including report cards, class registers and enrollment, payment of school fees and a student information data base.
The new PTA Executive Committee has begun its work under the leadership of Mr. Samuel Simukonda. Their first project, with the goal of adding to the quality of student life at TPS, is the design and construction of an ablution block for the Pre-Grade and Grade 1 classes. This addition will greatly reduce crowding of the toilets and therefore improve the health environment.
Mr. Sidney Maonde
Twitti Primary School
The non-governmental organization (NGO) in Canada , Friends For Zambia, continues to maintain its involvement with the school by supporting projects identified by the Lilayi Education Trust.
In this period of the COVID 19 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.
The Directors of FFZ in Canada, Shelley O'Callaghan, Judy Kramer and Patricia Ellsworth, initiated a very successful Fund Raising Campaign which resulted in donations of about $40,000 CAD to help TPS : Personal Protective Equipment was purchased, staff wages during the shutdown were covered, the first solar panels were installed to run the water pump for increased flow so that hand-washing could be effective, and a back-up generator was set up for use during frequent power outages.
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.