Rapid population growth, against a slow growing formal sector, is putting significant pressure on the Zambian economy to create enough formal jobs for the growing youth population. This demographic transition has resulted in the urban informal economy, becoming an important source of employment and income for young people who are poor, low skilled and marginalized in society.
Absorbing nearly 90% of the population, the informal sector is the biggest employer in Zambia.
Needless to say however, youth within the informal economy face a variety of challenges in accessing decent job opportunities, decent livelihoods as well as enhancing the productivity of their economic activities. Young people are the most vulnerable group in the informal sector in that they are most susceptible to low quality jobs and wages, insecure and exploitative employment, as well as poverty and social exclusion.
Guided by the call of Pope Francis and Laudato Si, the team identified that technology needs to be a force for fraternity, not for the widening of inequalities.They say that ‘ Pacar School seeks to “give soul to the economy”, as Pope Francis says.’
Believing that the democratization of technology and education are the key to building an economy that makes life and does not kill, this project aims to overcome Zambia’s greatest socio-economic challenge today: access to quality technological education and training for young people, powered by Pacar School.
In order to do that, Pacar School has been registered with The Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), which is the Statutory Body under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. The project has the support of the Diocese of Mansa, which kindly provided a pilot school for the implementation of it. The team have been holding meetings with several potential partners, furthermore, the Rotary Clubs João Pinheiro, Rotary Brasília-Norte and Rotary Club of Lusaka Metro, that are supporting them to raise funds.
To ‘can be a seed of hope for those who need it so much’ this project is in the fundraising stage to start the pilot school. And how can we all help this to become real?
For those who want to collaborate, they have a GoFoundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/un-computer-per-ogni-scuola-dello-zambia. We can help them in different ways like increasing their network and the awareness about the project and Zambia educational/social reality, spreading information about Pacar School and donating, if possible.