Transforming Lives Through Education: Gecko on the Move Partners withTwende Education for All in Zambia

In the realm of education and philanthropy, sometimes the most impactful partnerships are born from serendipitous encounters. Such was the case when Gecko on the Move (GOTM) and Twende Education for All joined forces to make a difference in Zambia. The journey from chance meeting to meaningful collaboration unfolded swiftly, fueled by a shared passion for education and a commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of children.
The seeds of this partnership were sown over a dinner table among friends in Andorra, where conversations about Andrea, the founder of Twende Education for All, piqued the interest of Gecko on the Move. Recognizing the potential for synergy, Celi and Andrea wasted no time in connecting over Zoom, setting the stage for what would become a transformative alliance.
Within a mere six months, Gecko on the Move found itself embarking on its inaugural project in Zambia, partnering with Twende Education for All to establish a learning centre at the University Teaching Hospital’s cancer unit. This endeavour marked the beginning of a journey that would touch the lives of countless children and educators in remote areas of Zambia.

One of the project’s notable successes was the teacher training conducted at Mwateshi Primary School in the Mpika region, a rural area devoid of adequate maths resources. Despite the challenges, the training day proved to be a resounding success, with teachers demonstrating a keen willingness to learn and adapt new teaching methodologies. The introduction of maths manipulatives transformed the learning experience for both teachers and students, fostering a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and igniting a newfound enthusiasm for learning.
The impact of the project extended beyond the confines of the classroom, reaching even the most vulnerable members of society. At the University Teaching Hospital, the establishment of a learning centre provided a beacon of hope for children battling cancer and sickle cell disease. Through engaging lessons and interactive activities, Gecko on the Move and Twende Education for All empowered teachers to cultivate a nurturing learning environment, offering solace and stimulation to children facing unimaginable challenges.

The success of the project was a testament to the power of collaboration and the unwavering dedication of all involved. From the committed teachers who embraced new teaching methods with open arms to the resilient children who found joy and solace in the midst of adversity, every individual played a crucial role in the project’s success.
As we reflect on the journey from chance encounter to transformative partnership, one thing is abundantly clear: when passion and purpose converge, remarkable things happen. Through their collective efforts, Gecko on the Move and Twende Education for All have not only transformed the educational landscape in Zambia but have also brought hope and healing to those who need it most. Together, they have proven that with determination, compassion, and collaboration, anything is possible.

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