—–Sixty new American Peace Corps trainees have today been sworn in to serve in the Peace Corps Rural Education Development and Community Health Improvement Project.
Speaking at the swearing in ceremony in Lusaka, United States Charg`e d’ Affairs Timothy Smith said Peace Corps Zambia is among the largest programs in the world which continues to be seen as a centre of excellence for its best practices in volunteer training programme worldwide.
Mr Smith urged the volunteers to pursue HIV/AIDS prevention with great energy and enthusiasm, as prevention is not an easy task but an essential one.
He said volunteers trained in health will work with their counterparts to ensure that rural Zambians are healthy while promoting behaviours that mitigate the effects of malaria and improve maternal, neonatal and child health.
Mr Smith thanked the Zambian government in collaboration with Ministry of Education Science, Vocation Training and Early Child Education and The Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health for equipping volunteers with skills that are greatly needed in rural areas.
Speaking at the same event Peace Corps Country Director, Leon Kayego, said the volunteers had to acquire another skill perhaps the most difficult of effective leadership.
Mr Kayego stated that being a catalyst of change is a slow process which may at times be frustrating and discouraging, a role which will require lots of skills and a tone of patience on the volunteer’s part.
He advised the volunteers to be community leaders as they are facilitators of change in their communities.
And Chief Chamuka urged the female volunteers to support rural girls who are giving up on education for marriage to motivate and encourage the girls continue with their studies.