A School that is part of CCAP

Chasefu Mission School is one of the oldest schools in Zambia.  It is located about 60 km from the Lundazi Boma. It shares a campus with the Chasefu Theological School, located on a mission station in a rural area. 

The main economic activity for the people around Chasefu is agriculture – they mostly grow maize for consumption, and cotton and peanuts for sale.  Others grow sunflower and soya beans.  Many of the people around Chasefu are Christian, as a result of God’s faithfulness through a long history of mission work.

The school was opened in 1922 by the Scottish missionaries. Their main aim for the school was to teach the local people skills of how to read the Bible, simple arithmetic and carpentry. The school was spearheaded by Dr. Fraser McDonald. During that time the missionary in charge of the school was Mr. Smith. The first Zambian headmaster was Mr. Jeremiah Mvula from Chama, a district which is north of Lundazi.

In 1957 missionary activities were withdrawn from Chasefu and were concentrated on Emusa and Loudan in Malawi. All furniture was taken to Emusa and Loudon.  At this time the school was taken over by the Federal government and afterwards other succeeding governments.

Until 1987 the school was running up to Grade 7. In 1988 the school was upgraded to Basic (Grade 8 and 9) school status, though without corresponding infrastructure development.
In 2003, the Zambian government gave the school back to Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP). At this time the head teacher was Mr Bernard Andrew Phiri. He was succeeded by Mr Abraham Lumande in 2006 who is currently still the head teacher of the school.

Although the current government phased out the Basic Schools system, Chasefu has continued to offer grade 9. This is because it is the only big school being fed by a number of communities and other smaller schools.

There are a number of challenges at Chasefu. There is a shortage of teacher houses and classroom space. The school, being in a rural area, also lacks adequate electricity sources. Computers/technological equipment are also a need, as it is an examination centre where Grade 9 students need to prepare for and write ICT exams. There is also a problem of water and hence the need for a well. The only shallow well that the school had dried up some time ago. The pupils and teachers currently get water from the well at the clinic which is over-used due to the number of people sourcing water from the same well.

The school offers a weekly boarding system to the pupils who come from a distance. Unfortunately, there are no boarding facilities for the pupils. Instead they occupy two teacher houses, as separate dormitories for males and females.

Despite these challenges, the word of God is going out through Chasefu Mission School, and hearts are being transformed.  

Jan 13, 2016 at 4:19 am

The pictures are really looking good. Thanks Alice for sharing.

Ubok-Obong Friday
Mar 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

i will love to come to Zambia as missionary and work with Chasefu Mission School. i am a missionary by Calling.

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