Lusaka Province Education Officer (PEO) Melu Mwaanapabu has praised the Zambia Tamil Arts and Culture Association (ZATACA) for its good corporate responsibility in the country.
Mr. Mwaanapabu said government appreciates the contribution of ZATACA, a non-profit making association with membership of Tamil speaking people living in Zambia but of Indian origin.
He said this today during the presentation of ZATACA scholarship scheme cheques to 38 vulnerable students in Lusaka.
Mr. Mwaanapabu said the pupil, who have been awarded scholarships, were those who are brilliant but less privileged from Chelstone, Matero, Munali Boys and Munali Girls secondary schools in Lusaka.
He stated that the contribution of ZATACA will no doubt greatly help in alleviating the suffering pupils coming from poor families by enabling them to access quality education.
He has since urged other charity organisations to emulate ZATACA and to partner with government in improving the education standards of the less privileged pupils in the country.
And ZATACA Scholarship Chairperson Sukanya Natarajan said her organization was involved in many areas of assisting the needy people in Zambia.
Mrs. Natarajan said the nonprofit making organisation also donates wheel chairs and blood to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
She added that ZATACA has also been involved in providing text books to most schools in Lusaka adding that her organisation will continue supporting the education sector in Zambia.
She said education was a tool that can be used to change the country for the better hence her organisation was investing in the education of those in need.
Mrs. Natarajan has meanwhile urged the pupils who have been given scholarships to put them to good use for their future.
She stated that ZATACA will continue complementing government efforts in a bid to promote the education sector which she said was a vital driver of the economy of any country.
Meanwhile, head teachers, who received the cheques on behalf of their pupils, expressed gratitude to ZATACA.
Matero Head Teacher Loveness Mukatasha said she was humbled with the gesture because the deserving pupils had difficulties in paying school fees despite being intelligent.
Mrs. Mukatasha urged ZATACA to continue assisting those in need in society even in future.
Abraham Mwanza, a deputy head teacher from Munali Boys Secondary School said it was gratifying that ZATACA has extended its helping hand to poverty stricken pupils around Lusaka.
Mr. Mwanza said most pupils in Lusaka face several challenges either as a result being orphaned or lack of the resources from their lacking parents.