Government has expressed appreciation for the extensive support the country has continued to receive from the American government at various levels.
Speaking at the 20thanniversary and swearing in ceremony for peace corps volunteers in Lusaka today, Education Minister John Phiri in a speech read on his behalf by director in the ministry of Education John Nyangu says the support through the volunteers extends a step further as it provides the much needed human resource to compliment the staff shortfall in the ministry of education especially at field levels.
Mr. Phiri notes that the Peace Corps education project is designed to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, adding that with the Peace Corps and other partners, the country will have a different story come 2015.
He has further urged the volunteers to carry out their work to the best of their abilities and share their skills with their counterparts during their two years of service in the country.
And speaking earlier, Peace Corps Zambia Country Director Tom Kennedy says volunteerism is a powerful force to help build and strengthen communities both in Zambia and in America.
He has also urged the volunteers to dedicate themselves to serving others so that they make a difference in people’s lives, adding that they will never be forgotten by those whose lives they impact.
Mr. Kennedy has further encouraged the volunteers to be strong reminding that the obstacles that they will face are overwhelming at times.