Tammy – Director

Tammy was born, bred and raised as a Canadian, but Africa has always been in her heart. Her feet first touched African soil in 2009, and her life changed direction the very same day. After a year of volunteer work, she came home and took one year to decide what she wanted to do. When not a day went by that she didn’t long to go back, Tammy sold her house and possessions in 2011, and backpack in tow, came to the place she now calls home.

Over the past 13 years, Tammy has volunteered across Africa with everything from orphaned and injured African wildlife, to teaching HIV education in prison, to working with Bushmen in Botswana. She has seen and done a lot, and treasured every opportunity and minute she has been in Africa.

With all of these amazing experiences, Tammy’s greatest dream was to work with an entire community, from the very young to the very old – and the idea of Baobuyu Learning Center was born. Her dream having been realised, Tammy runs the school and Community Center.

Sharon – Head Teacher

Teacher Sharon joined us as a volunteer Teaching Assistant soon after we opened the school in 2016. In 2018, a generous sponsorship allowed her to complete the first part of an ECE certificate while working part-time at the school. In 2019, Sharon joined us full-time as teacher for the Middle Class, as well as taking on the role of Head Teacher.

On a school day, you can find Sharon preparing homework tasks, supervising the children, and creating engaging lesson plans. She is responsible for our music class where she teaches the Zambian National Anthem, makes musical instruments and hosts traditional dance lessons. 

Sharon is also in charge of our PE and Motor Development class where she instils a love for the outdoors in our pupils, from parachute play to musical chairs, our kids are always on the move! Sharon works extremely hard to create unique and visual lessons for her pupils. They absolutely adore her!

“Baobuyu has become part of my life and now I cannot do without this place. My heart is always at the school with the kids.” – Sharon

Sitwala – Junior Class Teacher

Teacher Sitwala completed his diploma in Early Childhood in 2018 and started working at Baobuyu in 2021 in our Junior Class. 

This is no small task but he is definitely up for the challenge! Sitwala loves working with children because it has always been his dream. He is motivated by their never-ending smiles! He particularly wants to teach preschool age as he wants to lay a good foundation for them, and he believes that every child deserves a great education.  

“I am so humbled and grateful to join the Baobuyu team. The school is very beautiful and I love the environment, the kids and the whole team!”– Sitwala

Ozious – Junior Class Assistant

Teacher Ozious joined us in March 2022 and he is the newest addition to our Baobuyu family. He is currently offering much-needed assistance to Teacher Sitwala’s Junior Class. He also leads our Book Worm Club and he is the star attraction during circle time.

We are very excited to have him as part of the team and we are looking forward to great things to come!

“I have a big passion for teaching the young ones as I understand them very well, how they do things and how they learn new ideas. Being at Baobuyu is great because the teachers are great and the children are very well-behaved.” – Ozious

Billy – Senior Class Teacher

Teacher Billy joined us at the start of 2021. He chose to study Early Childhood Education at the David Livingstone College of Education because he has a huge passion for kids. This is Billy’s first year of teaching and he is already exceeding our expectations at what he does! We are so pleased he chose to start his career with us. 

“I’m so grateful and thankful to be a part of the Baobuyu Learning Center. I have already learnt a lot of things about teaching, activities and methodology – and the school at large is so great!” – Billy

Memory – Sponsor A Child

Memory has always been a huge part of our school, and officially joined the Baobuyu team in 2018. She has been instrumental in managing our Sponsor a Child program, as well as contributing to our Girl Power group. When Baobuyu became home to Mwandi’s first recycling center, Memory took on the responsibility of coordinating the project.

Memory works hard at advertising our school and its activities to the wider Mwandi community. She also assists with our fundraising efforts, helps maintain our gardens and the school grounds, and is one of the key members and trainers of our ‘Women’s Sewing Circle’. We love having Memory as part of the Baobuyu team!

“Thank you, thank you, thank you a billion times for the opportunity to be a part of Baobuyu. The improvements made by my child at the school has made me more committed than ever to work hard for the school.” – Memory

John – Multitalented Extraordinaire!

John is a soft-spoken, gentle spirited man from Mukuni Village. He is multi-talented and plays several important roles in the day-to-day running of Baobuyu. John is primarily our watchman and the school chef, and he works hard to prepare healthy meals on a daily basis for our teachers and kids. He is also our gardener and grounds-keeper to ensure the school and its gardens are clean and safe every day. On top of all these responsibilities, he is also our ‘dog-keeper’. We love his easygoing personality and huge smile!

Floyd – Happiness Team

Floyd came to live at Baobuyu after spending two years at Zambezi Animal Welfare Services. He is the most loving, patient dog; with a penchant for snacking and long naps in his favourite place in the world – his comfy bed! We love his sweet personality, Winnie the Pooh-like face, happy smile and his catwalk strut. Our kids absolutely adore Floyd too – he is the perfect fit for our school!

Woofie – Head Librarian

Woofie is on loan to us while her mum and dad are in the UK. 

Woofie’s favourite past time is digging big holes all around the school, which John spends most of his free time covering up. She also likes stealing the other dog’s bones and has recently become self-proclaimed head librarian (as she loves to be surrounded by books). Woofie is super speedy, alert at night and takes fantastic care of our school.

Shmigol – Security Team

Shmigol came to us as a puppy in August 2015 when we started building the school and the builders thought it would be a good idea to bring in dogs as a security measure. Since then, Shmigol has more than proven that he is an excellent and effective safety measure at our school. He is repaid with much love, food and cuddles, and the occasional chicken bone.

Hamburglar – Security Team

Hamburglar came to Baobuyu Learning Center, one day, uninvited, said “I’m not leaving” – and he didn’t! Hamburglar had been severely abused, with many scars and even an ear ripped in half. After much love and attention, Hamburglar started trusting humans again and was able to become part of our school. Given Hamburglar’s gentle nature, the kids soon learnt how to treat, love and care for animals. 

Hamburgular sadly left us in July 2019 after a long battle with various health problems. We feel honoured that he chose us as his family and are thankful we were able to give him a happy life. As the inspiration behind The African Dog, he lives on in every doggy bandana, as well as in our thoughts and hearts!