In January 2014, Children’s Town stated a new course (Practical Theoretical Grounding or PTG) for 30 for street children and 30 grade 7 pupils already enrolled in the community school run at the centre. The training combines practical vocational education with academic education aiming to provide a grade 9 certificate as well as vocational training certificate. The idea is to take advantage of the energy and potential in children to help them gain useful skills that can support them for life.
The three year practical course enables children to develop personal values and skills and ability to live and work together with others. In 2014, only grade seven pupils will start the program and they will move on to grade eight with the program till they finalise grade nine.
In 2015 another intake will start and it is the plan to run 3 courses simultaneously with 90 former street children and 90 children from the surrounding communities enrolled.
PTG started this year with two subjects namely “Modern Chef” and “Food Producers”. The “Modern Chef” course will include domestic lesson, baking and cooking while the “Food Producers” will learn farming skills including vegetable, crop and livestock management. The children will practice this skill within the school.
Children’s Town has been running since 1990 and has supported over 1000 former street children in Zambia through rehabilitation and training of these children in various skills to support those becoming productive citizens. The project has also been running a community school for vulnerable children from the neighbouring villages.