Framework

Aim

To provide a set of tools that will enable the transparent, swift, efficient, effective and inclusive, delivery of goods and services to every part of Zambia.

Why

There isn't really anyone else who is going to do the work that we are doing if we don't.

There are a lot of us who have the desire to help, and have so much to give, we just need to start giving.

Here are a few more reasons:

  • there isn't enough money in other nations, whether in the West or in the East, via the various governments to assist all our schools
  • most schools, especially government schools have a huge number of former students. The alumni from the various schools hold quit a lot of resources (time, money, etc.)
  • a number of us have wanted to assist our schools, but where do we start from? Can we simply send $10 to our former school? Who would collect the money? What would they use it for? Would it be spent well? And a million other questions.

How

Many of us have wanted to help, but just don't know where to start. This Network, The Zambian Schools Alumni Network, is the platform that is going to change everything. It will become a very high speed network that you can use to reach any point in Zambia, in the least amount of time.

We will develop a framework, together, that works for us, and helps us in developing a clear understanding of our challenges. Having a clear understanding of our challenges, solves part of the problem. With this understanding, we will roll out creative and innovative solutions in an efficient and timely manner, to all parts of Zambia.

Trusting everyone is desirable, but perhaps hard to achieve. What we can do, is work on the "Rules of Engagement", and this framework forms part of those rules. We can increase trust, we think, by creating a system that encourages trust, we can then trust more in the system, it's processes and checks and balances, and less in the people we transact with.

Who

Everyone is invited to join, alumni, teachers, students, parents, government, private sector, non-government organisations and the international community.

The landscape of Education is changing, and changing quite quickly in adjusting to the 21 Century. We, Zambia, do not want to be left behind.

"The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed." - William Gibson

So help us bring the future to Zambia. Join us in developing this framework, together.

What is this all about?

It's about sharing the workload. There's a lot of work to be done, and so far it seems it has been left to the very few; whether the Zambian Government, Non-government organisations (NGOs) or local and international aid agencies.

The reality is that, we must all be responsible for our future, and most of this future lies squarely with the children in our schools. Let's give the children the future they can have today, and not tomorrow.

Tools

Feedback and reporting system

Mailo (tomorrow) is just not good enough any more. There is an urgent need to save the limited resources that we possess, and the fastest way to increase our resources, is by, the efficient use of what we have, and the investment of these savings into other areas as we see fit. We will develop systems that will significantly reduce waiting times, and deliver quality feedback on all our efforts.

Feedback and reports are the inputs in what we do next. Hence, the timely delivery of feedback and reports will be an important, and major part of our framework.

Communication system

While feedback is part of communication, in separating the two, we are trying to highlight the importance of feedback.

In Zambia, we skipped the "Landline Age" and went straight onto the "Mobile Age". The mobile network, is probably the largest, efficient and well utilised network in Zambia. Most, if not all of our tools are going to heavily leverage this network.

Transaction system

We need to be transparent, accountable and be in a position to measure our success. We will deploy an efficient system that encourages trust and removes any doubt of the authenticity of a transaction.

Reputation systems

We need to provide a system for verifying someone's reputation. This will come in handy before initiating transactions with such as person.