Chipata, October 3, 2014, ZANIS…Government has commended cooperating partners for complimenting its efforts in improving the learning environment in the education sector.
Eastern province Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga says the support from cooperating partners such as Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Leaf Zambia in the sector was laudable because education was not only a human right but an essential tool for individuals to break the poverty cycle as well as help build the human capital.
Dr Mulenga said this during a hand-over ceremony of two blocks of five classrooms built by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Leaf Zambia at Mwalauka School in Nthope ward in Chipangali constituency in Chipata yesterday.
The 1X3 and 1X2 classroom blocks were built at a cost of K1,200,000.00
Dr Mulenga said the gesture by JTI will enable the children in the area learn in a conducive environment.
The Permanent Secretary said this in a speech read on his behalf by Chipata District Commissioner
Dr Mulenga noted that the construction of a teacher’s house and four VIP toilets was also commendable saying the appreciation of the teachers accommodation and commitment will be demonstrated through the community sending their children to school and not engaging them in child labour activities.
He stated that it was government’s interest to focus on increasing access to quality education at all levels from primary to tertiary.
“Zambia being one of the poorest countries in the World and home to six million children under the age of 18 and of which 4 million are of the primary school age (7-14) is reason government attaches great importance to create space for thm to learn,” he added.
He said getting the foundation levels correction begins with providing proper and adequate schooling facilities, which includes the provision of quality education through well trained and motivated staff and infrastructure.
“Getting the foundation levels correct begins with providing proper and adequate schooling facilities, which includes the provision of quality education through well trained and motivated staff and infrastructure,” he stated.
He also stressed that there is no reason why children should be herding cattle instead of being in class as it was the only way commitment and appreciation of what JTI has done willl be made visible through the community making full use of the school.
And JTI General Manager Robert Royle stated that the company worked hard to bring the school to completion because it realizes that
education empowerment for all the people regardless of locality is key to the economic development of any nation.
Mr Royle said the benefit of empowerment through education will help families empower themselves and also workforce for the company to grow as well as contribute to national development.
He stated that JTI was also engaged in supporting adult literacy classes, health and provision of safe clean drinking water in an effort to supplement government effort in the delivery of social services to communities it operates in .