Our Moon provides bright but financially-disadvantaged young people with the skills, knowledge and dispositions to access quality higher education.
We support these students in a residential programme that combines an academic programme with enhanced oral and written communication skills, volunteering and university guidance, to become intellectually curious, caring and respectful young citizens who seek to improve the lives of people within their community, country and continent.
Sustainable Development Goals
Our work is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #4 of providing a quality education to all.
“The Sustainable Development Goals Framework emphasises the potential value of promoting international cooperation in higher education noting that by 2020 ‘there should be a substantial global expansion in the number of scholarship programmes available to developing countries for study in developed and developing countries’. Our Moon is committed to the furtherance of this goal and ideal. In a world of gross inequalities, such work is worthy of support”.
Chris Yates, Lecturer in International Education, UCL
In Zambia’s extremely unequal society, only the privileged few have the opportunity to complete secondary school and access higher education. For the brightest students from poor families, there exist few opportunities to thrive in education on merit. This traps those most acutely familiar with Zambia’s complex structural difficulties into a cycle of poverty and incapacity to influence social change.
Zambia has suffered from a lack of investment in universities for many decades with a deeply flawed student loan system which increasingly excludes the poorest students. Zambia’s national curriculum has no provision for 16-19 year olds. Students finishing the equivalent of GCSEs are forced to wait two years before they can gain a place at university, and then only if they are lucky enough to be admitted and receive a sufficient loan. Lack of access to the appropriate qualifications, skills and personal development also excludes these high-achieving low-income Zambians achieving entry requirements for scholarships abroad or from getting a job.
70% live below the poverty line
28% complete secondary school
0.2% attend university