‘Art vital for pupils’

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some grade 7 students at the basic school in Sesheke, Zambia
some grade 7 students at the basic school in Sesheke, Zambia

PROMOTING art among pupils in schools will inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship in them at an early stage, acting Livingstone District Education Board Secretary Zeneliah 
Chomba has said.
Ms Chomba said art could help pupils create employment for themselves after they have completed their secondary school education by selling their drawings to tourists and other guests in the tourist capital.
She said children should embrace entrepreneurship at an early age so that they learn self-sustenance skills for their future.
Ms Chomba was speaking during the Bird Exchange Exhibition of Art, Storytelling and Music for pupils at Livingstone Museum.
The exhibition, which was part of the commemoration for the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone, was meant to promote cultural and educational links between schools in Zambia and Scotland.
It was organised by the Livingstone Arts, Cultural and Sporting Events Development Organisation (LACSEDO) as well as David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 initiative.
Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe said the Zambian Government fully recognised the achievements of the late missionary and medical doctor, Dr Livingstone.
In a speech read for him by Southern Province arts and cultural officer James Zimba, Mr Munkombwe said Dr Livingstone opposed slave trade in Africa and promoted explorations and missionary works, which were still cherished on the continent.
Acting British High Commissioner to Zambia, Sean Melbourne said his country and Zambia had enjoyed a good relationship for many years.
Mr Melbourne said as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr Livingstone, a Zambian medical doctor working for Livingstone General Hospital, Alex Malambo had been sponsored to enhance his medical education at the Royal College for Sick Children in Scotland.

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