All our students develop to become intellectually curious, caring and respectful young citizens seeking to improve the lives of people within their community.
They will graduate with the skills, knowledge and dispositions required to thrive as young Africans, to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, and to change their country. In doing so, they become role models to inspire future generations of extraordinary young people.
YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME
Our Young Leaders programme is a residential course at our new learning centre in Chibombo.
It is based on our philosophy of education established around four interrelated cornerstones.
"I always wanted to be a change-maker but I didn't have the know-how until I met Our Moon. Justin and Helen have given me the opportunity to be impactful in a way that, although yet small, is very meaningful to both the beneficiaries and me"
Chris Kaumba: Class of 2018
WRITE TO SPEAK
This module combines reading, writing, analytical thinking, problem solving, presenting and debate around moral and ethical issues within society. Our students develop the skills and confidence to make critical decisions and use their education to problem-solve and implement solutions. The output from this module is an academic essay linked to an issue that they have identified where students are mentored by teachers from Ecolint in Geneva. The essays will be certificated by the school.
Students are provided with the opportunity to study for SATs (American university entrance tests including subject tests), and a foreign language from scratch.
We require our students to raise their social consciousness by volunteering within our community and taking an entrepreneurship programme, returning home to implement a project. This enhances their understanding and application of education in their everyday lives, so that they can – as individuals and through team work – use their experiences as tools of shaping and redefining their society today and tomorrow.
We guide our students in their university applications by providing careers and course advice as well as detailed application support. This includes liaising with universities and 1-2-1 mentorship from alumni.
Our involvement with these students extends to supporting them on their projects before going to university. In addition, during their university years, we help them to find internships back home during summer holidays. This ensures they keep connected to family and develop the networks they need when they return. We hope some of our alumni will intern with us and, ultimately, take on employee positions when they graduate from university.
AMBASSADORS OF SOCIAL CHANGE PROGRAMME
We have designed a ten-week programme to extend the reach of our programme to other motivated young people. They study the Write to Speak module combined with entrepreneurship and volunteering. A British teacher developed the entrepreneurship programme for young people in South Africa and donated it to Our Moon. Ambassadors leave with a plan of how they are going to roll out what they have learnt in their communities.
"Our Ambassadors of Social Change programme empowers bright but poor young people demonstrating some leadership potential, but who are stuck in a system of limited opportunity. We work with these young people to improve their oral and written communication skills while giving them chance to develop their entrepreneurial acumen."
Justin Mushitu, co-founder and Executive Officer Zambia
We carefully select high achieving but low-income students in collaboration with partners (local and national Zambia-based charities and schools).
Young people in Zambia complete high school at the equivalent of GCSE level. Even if they leave school with outstanding grades, they have nothing to go onto. They cannot go to university for at least two years, there are very few programmes and no jobs. Our Moon’s programmes fit into this two-year gap. They provide young people with an opportunity to gain experience, skills and knowledge so that they can contribute to positive social change within their communities, country or on the African continent.
SPECIFIC PROBLEM OF GIRLS AND ORPHANS
We endeavour to select an equal number of young women and young men to our programme. In order to make sure we have gender equality during selection, our partners include girls’ schools and NGOs. We are actively seeking to add more and to engage more girls from rural areas.
We are aware that fewer girls graduate from secondary school. Poor Zambian families often give priority to their sons – especially the oldest son – whereas girls take responsibility for chores and look after siblings. In many families, girls are expected to marry early. Orphaned children, although often brought up by extended family members, are the most vulnerable.
We also believe it is important to give opportunities to boys. There are currently insufficient opportunities for youth in general and for those young people from financially-disadvantaged families in particular.
24% of 15-19 year olds (our target age) are orphans.
Only 23% of secondary school graduates are girls