Life in Zambia
in rural Zambia is very traditional. Where there are rivers men will go fishing in their dug-out canoes, children herd cattle and women
pound home grown maize (with their children wrapped in chitenge on
their backs) to make Nshima, a traditional Zambian dish usually
served with fish or meat and vegetables or sour milk and beans
depending on the location.
Poorer families will eat the Nshima on its own if they can't afford
meat or fish. 'Cottage' industries include making wooden carvings,
baskets, stools, mats and metal craft.
Education is considered important, with high rates of literacy, and,
unlike so many other countries, there is little gender gap.
Unfortunately there is an ongoing issue with a shortage of teachers
so many children end their education without a firm grasp of key
skills, although the situation has improved following the abolition
of tuition fees.
Education itself is divided into two parts basic education (years 1
to 9), and upper secondary (years 10 to 12) however a great many
children drop out after year 7 as the free tuition then stops.