ZOCS joins hands with other civil society organizations in lobbying and advocating for rights of the child to education especially the girl child and those that are disabled. In the latest Strategic Plan advocacy is ZOCS major vehicle for achieving sustainable community schools in Zambia. ZOCS is currently networking with other likeminded institutions including government line ministries. Its community school memberships and affiliations gives ZOCS a unique position of concentrating efforts on issues that matter most to the OVC.
ZOCS conducts training for Parent Community School Committee (PCSC) and volunteer teachers and provides technical support to community school management especially in resource mobilization. Training of teachers is very critical as government is not in a position to provide teachers in all community schools. Capacity building of community school management includes setting up internal control systems and supporting their operationalization within the community school system. ZOCS also facilitates community mobilization, strategic planning and institutional building of community schools. This is done through capacity building of communities to enable them to provide education for their children.
ZOCS provides revolving funds to community schools, assisting them in ensuring financial sustainability through effective income generating ventures, enterprise development and implementation. Working with community schools, ZOCS facilitates community project planning and implementation to support the schools.
Monitoring and Evaluation
In providing lessons and feedback from project implementation, ZOCS monitoring and evaluation focuses on sharing lessons not only for the individual community schools but also for the general community. ZOCS has developed some competence for project monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment using indicators developed in its strategic plan. Lesson learning is cardinal in the whole process hence the need for a process of sharing through case studies, exchange visits and integrated feedback.
Resource Mobilization has become an integral part of Zocs programming and future financial forecasting. The economic landscape is getting more and more competitive as increasing number of Civil Society Organization (CSO) complete for funding from the same Donors. To compete favorably, Zocs established a Research and Resource Mobilization department in 2016, mandated to develop proposals and meaningfully engage current and potential partners.