USAID launches strategic plan for musicians
Lusaka, January 16, 2014—The United States Agency for international Development (USAID) in Zambia has launched a strategic plan which aims at strengthening the capacity of musicians to be successful HIV/AIDS educators and champions for social and community awareness.
According to a statement issued to ZANIS by USAID Public Affairs Officer Janet Deutsch, the 2014-2018 strategic plan was developed by four ministries namely Agriculture and Livestock, Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Education, Science, Vocation Training and Early Education and Health in collaboration with Zambia Association of Musician (ZAM).
USAID-Zambia HIV/AIDS team leader Ky Lam said the launch shows a community determined to play a positive role for the future of Zambia’s youths.
Mr. Lam noted that the plan was an example of how musicians can work together to provide leadership on HIV/AIDS and other social issues that were important to the country.
Present at the launch were Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo, Wife of Vice President Charlotte Scott, ZAM president Maiko Zulu and National Arts Council chairperson, Mulenga Kapwepwe.
He further said 40 Zambian musicians have been trained in messaging, community outreach and leadership.
It is the first ever ZAM strategic plan to be formulated and it will provide a definitive guide for musicians and their messaging in relation to HIV/AIDS, education, poverty and gender issues.
The plan will also advocate issues through music, social, commentary and public awesomeness.