Education in Zambia

Education in Zambia is free through the 7th grade. However, many children live in remote areas where there are no schools within walking distance.  Almost all schools in Zambia require uniforms, including acceptable shoes. For families living in extreme poverty, the resources for this expense are not available. 

After grade seven, students must pay fees in order to go to school.  Fees for high school (grades 10 – 12) are significantly higher, forcing many capable students to end their education before graduation.  According to the CIA Fact book, the average child’s education lasts just seven years.  


Schools at Namwianga

Namwianga Mission schools began in the 1930s as an effort to promote the Christian faith and to teach Zambians to read the Bible.  Eventually the system expanded to include a high school.  In the early 1990s, Namwianga Mission partnered with the University of Zambia to establish George Benson Christian College.  

These schools are located on the Namwianga campus at Kalomo

George Benson Christian College of Education trains secondary teachers in the areas of English, history, mathematics, religious education, civics, and computer technology.  There are 325 students.  The University of Zambia oversees the curriculum and graduation requirements.  

The Christian Leadership Development is a one-year program to train high school graduates for ministry and evangelism.  Most students who go through Christian Leadership Development go on to George Benson Christian College to become teachers.  35 students are enrolled in the CLD.

Namwianga Christian Secondary School is a boarding school for grades 8 – 12 and has 425 pupils.  In addition to the academic program, students also attend chapel and Bible classes and participate in ministry and outreach activities.  

Other schools are part of a satellite network that provides Christian education in villages within a 3-hour radius of Namwianga.  These schools provide Bible classes as part of the curriculum.

  • Namwianga Christian Basic School serves pupils in
    grades 1-9 and has 600 enrolled.
  • Kabanga Christian Secondary School and Kabanga Christian Basic School have 600 students in
    grades 1-12.
  • Simpweze Christian Basic School has 550 students in grades 1-9.
  • Zyangale Christian Basic School has 400 students in grades 1-9.
  • Sinde Christian Basic School has 400 students in
    grades 1-9.