Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) is a vibrant and flagship organization of Community Schools since 1992 in Zambia that empowers communities to provide quality basic education to 189,287 learners (93,507 Boys and 95,780 Girls) in 1085 Demonstration Open Community Schools across 95 selected Districts in all the 10 Provinces of Zambia. Suffice to say ZOCS also advocates for all the 2,460 Community Schools in Zambia.
Through its three pillar approach of Advocacy, Service Delivery and Capacity Building, ZOCS has accomplished much for the children and people of Zambia. The three pillars on which ZOCS builds its approach are those of enhanced educational opportunities for children through policy engagement and increased community capacity to provide such opportunities. ZOCS is unwavering in keeping these three aspects to the fore: more and better education for more children, and community dedication to the provision of such education.
ZOCS is about open, accessible schools for disadvantaged children and communities, and these take priority over everything else.
Heartened by these achievements, and spurred by a desire to accomplish even more, ZOCS has dedicated considerable time and resources to determining its way forward for the coming years. Its intentions are to consolidate what it has so far accomplished, branch out in new ventures and directions, and empower the provision of even more and better education to children who tend to be excluded. ZOCS work supplements Ministry of General Education (MoGE) in the provision of education in Zambia.