Legacy Academy schools were opened in response to the devastating state of education in Zambia. In Zambia, the opportunity to attend school is a privilege. Through the Legacy Academies, our sponsored children, who have long lived at the very bottom of society will now have the opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty and despair with a life-changing education. With new desks, school supplies, and devoted teachers available to them, these children from the bottom of society will now go on to become the doctors, lawyers, and politicians of Zambia.
The Legacy Academy schools give the children we serve a solid academic and spiritual base. Christian education is crucial to breaking the cycle of economic poverty that has plagued the country of Zambia for decades and to building a new generation of men and women who lead with integrity.
The teachers at our schools are well-educated and trained in the skill of teaching children. They long to see these children exceed the expectations of the slums where these children live. These teachers will spend individual time with students to ensure understanding and they have access to training seminars put on by teachers who travel from the US throughout the year.
In addition to Zambian senior leadership working on the ground in Lusaka each day, Family Legacy has developed the LIFEWAY Advisory Board, made up of American teachers and school administrators, to develop on-going teacher training and professional development strategies that we know will continually improve the level of education our students receive each day.
Children attending our Legacy Academy schools receive a hot lunch each day at school. Packed here in the US, these meals are a rice-based, vitamin and nutrient-rich lunch that is transforming the way our students learn and engage at school. Many of these children are accustomed to coming to school on an empty stomach and struggling to pay attention due to hunger. Now, children are not only receiving a high-quality education but also a nutritious meal each day.
Our feeding program is implemented at each of our 17 schools using a PTA system, engaging student’s caretakers in this important component of our ministry and furthering our reach to the families of the communities as well.
Each summer, talented American teachers join us in Zambia to for Teach ONE, a mission trip created to serve the teachers in our Legacy Academy schools. During their time in Lusaka, these American teachers spend individual time with a teacher and his/her class to provide hands-on professional development for the Zambian teacher. These learning opportunities are crucial for our teachers in Zambia as there are few opportunities for them to grow professionally.
If you are interested in joining us for Teach One or helping us keep our schools fully supplied, contact email@example.com for more details.
Taught in our Legacy Academies by trained Zambian Chaplains and Field Workers, the Disciple One curriculum teaches key biblical truths that impact every area of a child’s life. Our curriculum focuses on developing the spiritual lives of children and addresses their social, physical, and emotional lives as well. Through this program, children learn about how much their Heavenly Father loves them.
Specifically, it is built upon 3 types of Bible lessons:
RELATIONSHIP – Helping children experience a relationship with Jesus
CHARACTER – Helping children develop Christian character
LIFE SKILLS – Providing children with life skills training
With these pillars as the foundation, Disciple One lessons are developed that build on these areas with special attention given to the circumstances in which these children live as vulnerable children in third world culture.
Each week a lesson is taught on one of the 3 areas of focus. Leaders are trained to not only share a key Bible teaching on that lesson but also to engage the children in the discussion by considering what this story means to them or how God might want them to respond. Additionally, leaders help students better practice lifestyle changes while at home or in their communities.
For at-risk children, learning about a growing relationship with Jesus, Christian character, and life skills is imperative. Children from healthy families learn these practices from parents. For these children, this may be their only opportunity to learn these vital truths.