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Links with other schools founded by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, such as those in Africa and the USA, consolidate the pupils' understanding of how others live and support strong levels of tolerance. ISI Report, January 2015

St Columba's College has strong links with schools in Zambia, including Robert Shitima Combined School in Kabwe and St Francis Secondary School in Malole, which is also conducted by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

The ties between St Columba’s College and St Francis Secondary School go back to 1991, when Project Respond was inaugurated. A pioneering group of Sixth Form students and staff spent three weeks in Zambia, providing both funding and labour for school development projects. In subsequent years, Columban groups visited Zambia on a regular basis.

Since 2005, Project Respond has become an annual feature of Columban life, with students travelling to St Francis in July to glaze windows, repair and decorate walls and, most importantly, form friendships with their Zambian peers.

The Project Respond team also visits the College’s other sister school in Zambia, Robert Shitima Combined School, which is situated on the outskirts of Kabwe. Robert Shitima School provides education, housing and support for 420 orphans, street kids and other children, who would otherwise be living in deep deprivation.

In addition to Project Respond, St Columba’s College makes annual grants to both of these schools. Over the past six years, the school has donated over £40,000 to fund, amongst other things, the purchase of a minibus, the renovation of Science labs and repairs to weather-damaged dormitories.