Four primary schools in Mpika district have for the first time onJune 9 taken part in a competitive junior debate for a winning prize of K1500.
The debate was organised by the Development Organisation for Peoples Empowerment (DOPE).
And DOPE Executive Director, Samson Chisi told ZANIS in an interview that witnessing the schools engage in such a debate for the first time was very motivating and encouraging to them as sponsors.
The competing schools included Danger Hill primary school, Chipundu Primary school, Lubwe primary school and Musungu Community schools, all of Mpika district.
Mr. Chisi said it was the organisation’s desire to enhance the quality of education in rural areas through such competitions among learners.
He added that the organisation will endeavour to work hand in hand with the ministry of education towards ensuring that learners improve and are able to compete at national level.
And the District Education Board representative Christopher Mwelwa revealed that the debate was part of learning and should be encouraged in all schools countrywide.
Mr. Mwelwa thanked DOPE for the initiative, and assured the scholars that his office remains open to new ideas, and will work with them in order to promote education through such debates.