FRIDAY November 3, 2017 was a memorable day for Response Network as Tore Schulze’s memories were rekindled through the hand-over of a school built using his life savings.
The school has also empowered surrounding communities with clean and safe drinking water from a borehole.
Before this, residents near the school used to share water with domesticated animals such as cows, goats and dogs from a nearby dam.
Schulze who succumbed to cancer at the age of 60 on May 5, 2015 in Kragerø, Norway, worked at Response Network, which is under the directorship of Håkon Spigseth.
The school was handed over to the Zambian Government by Spigseth through Ministry of General Education’s Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe.
Spigseth told Mr. Tukombe that Response Network was founded under the ideals of self-help programmes.
Response Network (RN) which operates in Zimba, Kalomo and Kazungula Districts of Southern Zambia under the patronage of Zambia’s Justice Minister Given Lubinda specialises in educating rural communities in Skills Training Clubs, Community Governance Clubs, and Community Women’s Rights Clubs aimed at mitigating Gender Based Violence, Community Mental Health Clubs, Disability Clubs and also Organic Farming Clubs among others.
Mr. Tukombe said Zambia’s President Edgar Chagwa Lungu was committed to ensuring that all children regardless of their social status have equal access to quality education.
He added that Government will endeavour to work very closely with Response Network to ensure that more educational programmes are implemented and that the rural communities are taken out of dependency.