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Education

Most narrators had little education due to poverty. Now they are struggling to send their own children to school. Most feel education will enable their children to get jobs and look after their parents, despite the poor employment situation.

Warren and Benson describe how inadequate facilities are and how communities have often built their own classrooms, sometimes even providing the teaching.

Gilbert and Benson express the hope that educating their daughters will make them less vulnerable to “town life”, “peer pressure” and the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.

Project

Education is a key theme of the Living with poverty: Zambia oral testimony project.

Testimonies

Anna: strong and hardworking

Benson: people need jobs

Dominic: valuing tradition

Edward: anxiety of poverty

Gilbert: cattle is wealth

Grandwell: sustained support

Mirriam: dedicated to others

Ruth: a mother’s struggle

Sara: coping without family

Utrina: working the land

Warren: the HIV burden

Grace: an open approach

Key themes

Introduction to the project

HIV and AIDS

Food security

Agriculture

Water and drought

Development

Survival strategies

Self-help and community support

Gender

Loans and debt

Political representation

The cycle of poverty

Education