In 2009, New Life Center (NLC) partnered with Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) to begin a tutoring program to help students pass their Grade 9 and Grade 12 exams. We wanted to offer extra lessons in English, Math, and Science to students who do not have the resources to get the extra help themselves - particularly the orphaned and vulnerable, and more recently local pastor’s children.

Towards the end of 2013, the tutoring program began attracting local young adults (mostly 18-30 years of age) who are no longer in school for various reasons. This group is always changing since many of them have families and responsibilities at their homes. In the past years we have been able to empower these young adults (mostly women) with basic English, reading, and math skills. A handful of them have even been able to go back to school and take their Grade 9 exam.

NLC hired Hannah Mwamulima to teach the English lessons. English is foundational to all other learning since the exams are in English and any hope of higher education and a decent job require fluency in the language. Mrs. Mwamulima is from Malawi, but came to Zambia when she married a Zambian. She is retired now, after having taught for many years in Zambia as a secondary school teacher specializing in English. She is a wonderful addition to the tutoring program and we are fortunate to have her.

Sandy Groves put her experience in homeschooling three children to good use and decided to take on the math lessons, and periodically throws in some chemistry. Carl Bergeson is a retired chemist from the USA and has come out for two summers, for several weeks, to teach chemistry and physics to the students. In 2013, Emily Padilla joined NLC and committed to at least three years of teaching science to the students, focusing on biology which is what her degree is in. She is now coming back for her fourth year! She is also from the USA and served as a teacher in the DR Congo for a year back in 2006-07.

In 2013, with the growth of students who are not currently in school - many of whom struggle with basic reading and writing - we also hired a retired primary school teacher, Gertrude Tembo. She has been a huge help with teaching these young adults how to read and works with helping them in English as a second language.

When we have visiting teams at NLC, we will often recruit them to come and spend the morning reading with these students to give them one-on-one attention.

The tutoring program still is growing and changing as we figure out what is working and what is not, but we have already seen an increase in the number of students we work with that are passing their exams now.

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