In this report, projects the school is currently undertaking under production unit will be outlined. The report will include challenges and successes, as well as future plans to grow the unit. Following the pronouncement by the Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba that schools should embark on production unit, David Kaunda National STEM School has since seized the opportunity to grow its activities.
The school has for a long time been rearing broilers which have always supplemented the boarding section in terms of feeding the pupils. Before 2020, the school would rear a batch of 500 chickens at least twice in a term. The picture on the ground is now different as the unit is now able to rear the same batch of 500 three times in a term. This has led to a consistent supply of chickens at the boarding hence cutting off the supply from elsewhere.
In April 2019, the school introduced layers for egg production. A storage cage capacity of 480 layers was purchased and put up in which the school managed to purchase a total of 240 layers. Three teachers and one general worker attended training on how to care for the layers. The production of eggs meant that supply from outside sources was automatically cut and enhanced meals at the boarding. An additional 103 layers were bought in January 2020, thus increasing egg production.
The school embarked on growing various vegetables such as rape, Chinese cabbage, cabbages and tomatoes in the school garden. The vegetables grown are meant for consumption by pupils in the boarding. The pupils can now feed on green vegetables instead of the usual routine of feeding on cabbage as the traditional vegetable in boarding schools.
Maize is grown during the rainy season; however, consumption is limited to fresh maize due to land capacity.
In order to expand production unit, the school has since bought three pigs, one male and two females. It is hoped that these will multiply and later grow so the pupils can feed on pork.The three pigs recently purchased.
Two fish ponds have been dug and await fish stocking at the beginning of September 2020.
The school is running a tuck-shop which is accessed by teachers, pupils and the housing units within the school. The tuck-shop stocks a variety of goods which include assorted groceries such as sugar, tissue, soap, lotions, cornflakes; and stationery.
The department of Design and Technology has been rehabilitating old desks as well as assembling new ones to seat pupils in school. They recently worked on the roof of one of the dining halls in boarding which collapsed due to heavy rains in December, 2019.