What is Dayspring Academy?
Dayspring Academy is a Christian primary school in the Nkana West area of Kitwe, Zambia’s second city.
Dayspring was the brainchild of Dr Joseph Mwila, the head of Dayspring Ministries and the leader of New Frontiers churches in Zambia, with the financial backing of Lifespring Church in Horsham, UK.
We have pupils ranging from two-year-olds in nursery – what is known in Zambia as baby class – to 11- and 12-year-olds in Grade Five.
At Dayspring, we keep our classes small (our maximum is 25 pupils per class) and teach Maths and English according to the UK curriculum, using phonics and Mastery Maths.
Headteacher Patrick Cummings, a retired UK head with some 30 years experience in education, said: “Our vision is very simple. We wish to provide an excellent education for our children at the same time as developing them into young people with integrity. Our motto, Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, captures this vision.”
As a non-profit-making organisation, Dayspring aims to keep the school accessible to all Zambians with reasonable fees of around £130 per term.
However, generous donations from predominantly UK-based sponsors also enable us to offer around 30% of our places to children from the orphanages run by our parent church, Dayspring Ministries, and its sister organisation Streetlife Project.
The Academy is overseen by a group of highly qualified directors employed in a range of professional capacities.
If you would like to get involved with Dayspring in any capacity – whether by making a financial gift, sponsoring one of our pupils or teachers or even teaching at the school itself – we would love to hear from you.
Dr Joseph Mwila and Patrick Cummings at Dayspring
The entrance to the primary school at Dayspring
The entrance to the pre-school at Dayspring