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Learning Product SCORES Poject - Strengthening Community Schools to Provide Education and Other Related Services

Learning Product SCORES Poject - Strengthening Community Schools to Provide Education and Other Related Services

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Published by CAREZAMBIA
The Objective of the SCORES project was to improve access to and quality of
social services in education and
health through the empowerment of
local communities.
The Objective of the SCORES project was to improve access to and quality of
social services in education and
health through the empowerment of
local communities.

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LEARNING PRODUCTJUNE 2013
EMPOWERING AND TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES TODETERMINE AND DRIVE THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT
 
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: CONDUITS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
 
Lessons learnt from the Strengthening Community Schoolsto provide Education and Other Related Services(SCORES) Project
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CARE International - Zambia in partnership with Reformed Open Community Schools
 
 
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TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES USING COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE SCORES PROJECT
Providing quality social services such as education and health to citizensis a responsibility of any government. But in reality this may not bepossible owing to many competing needy areas that the government hasto address. According to the
Millennium Development Goals ProgressReport 
for Zambia, the country has made steady progress on primaryschool enrolment which has increased from 80% percent in 1990 to93.7% in 2010. However, concerns remain on the quality of educationreceived as well as the enrolment and completion rates in secondaryschool subsequently (UNDP, 2013). The Report further recommendedthat in order to achieve the MDG number 2 which is ensuring that by2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike would be able tocomplete a full course of primary schooling, significant reforms andinvestments will be needed in the education sector.In Zambia, not all children attend school in government run schools.Some children have access to education through community schools.Community schools have grown in response to the need to provideeducation opportunities to disadvantaged families and children andclearly offer an important complement to public schools. Currently,community schools provide education to almost 470, 000 children in thepoorest and most vulnerable communities across Zambia. Theseschools on the other hand do not just offer educational services tochildren but they also serve other purposes.Increasingly, community schools have also become involved in locally-led responses to health needs especially those arising from theHIV/AIDS pandemic.
 
It is believed that
the integrated focus of communityschools on academics, health and social services and communitydevelopment and community engagement can lead to improved childlearning, stronger families and healthier communities.
 
CARE
s Experience in Community Schools and Early ChildhoodDevelopment
CARE International has been operational in Zambia for over 20 years following an invitation from theZambian government to assist in responding to the drought of the early nineties. The programmingemphasis is now long-term, community-based development carried out increasingly through local partners.CARE has engaged in and supported work with OVC (ECD and basic primary education) and IntegratedManagement of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) for over 10 years.
CARE's SCOPE-OVC program
(200-2012)supported over 155 community schools through an approach which integrated health, nutrition, cognitive
Overall SCORES objective
To improve access to and quality of social services in education andhealth through the empowerment of local communities
Outcomes
 
Strengthened capacity of ROCS to provide qualitysupport to CommunitySchools;
 
Strengthened capacity of 30PCSCs to organize andmanage CommunitySchools which provideeducational services toaround 6,000 school agedchildren and
 
Thirty (30) community-based HIV/AIDS care andsupport networksestablished and led byPCSCs.
 
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development, active learning, child protection, and psychosocial support in order to address the needs of children and in its later years added an ECD component to its operation.The project aimed to improve the quality of education and the learning environment in schools; providepsychosocial support (PSS) to children and their guardians/caregivers; increase influence on policies for 
orphans and other vulnerable children; and improve children’s health and nutrition.
 With support from ELMA Foundation and building on the SCOPE OVC project and the Moyo wa Bana(IMCI) project 2002-2013), CARE Zambia implemented the
Survive and Thrive - Health and Development for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zambia (2008-2011)
project which aimed to improvequality of education and health provision for under-fives through strengthening community schoolmanagement and integrating community-based IMCI into existing ECD services in 32 community schools(also ECD centres) in four districts (Kabwe, Masaiti, Ndola and Serenje). Among key activities were teacher training, training school managers, child health promoters (CHPs), infrastructure development, provision of teaching and learning materials, provision of play equipment (toys, swings, merry-go-rounds etc) andfacilitation of supervisory visits by MOH and MOE.The Strengthening Community Schools to provide Education and Other Related Services (
SCORES)
project which started in January 2010 was an EU-funded initiative to support a range of educational
development and HIV and AIDS response activities in Lundazi and Chama Districts of Zambia’s Eastern
Province. The project was implemented by CARE International Zambia in partnership with the ReformedOpen Community Schools (ROCS). This project used the community school as an entry point and workedto build the capacity of the community school leadership (Parent Community School Committees) tomanage the schools and network effectively with other local responses to HIV and AIDS. In addition,SCO
RES also sought to build ROCS’ capacity to continue providing support and guidance to community
schools post the project period. More specifically, SCORES focused on building the skills and capacity of community school management structures, the
Parent Community School Committee (PCSC)
, to shoulder the increased responsibility arising from the dual role of education service provider and HIV/AIDS responsecoordinator and facilitator.
Baseline Status, Activities and Achievements/Impact of SCORES
 The project took a holistic approach to mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS on orphans and vulnerablechildren and addressing their diverse needs by strengthening the capacity of communities and usingcommunity schools as centres of care and support.
External reviews of the project such as the
Baseline Report,Impact-Outcome Evaluation Report 
and the
Mid-Term Evaluation Report 
 
Impact 
as well as field visits to projectcommunities, revealed clearly that the project recorded a number of successes.
Prior to the full implementation of the SCORES project in 2010 (May), a study was conducted by CAREInternational-Zambia aimed at providing baseline information on the project
s key indicators and ultimatelyto be used in assessing the project outcomes falling within three expected results. This section provides

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