Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) says education is cardinal to its corporate social responsibility programme.
KCM Nampundwe Branch Manager John Lukaki said the mining company and government have partnered in the private public partnership to improve the standards of education in the country.
Mr. Lukaki said KCM was passionate about Zambia’s education sector hence it was seeking to support the community in which it operates.
He was speaking when he handed over a one by three newly constructed classroom block to Nampundwe secondary school authorities.
He disclosed that 302 secondary school pupils in Zambia’s Central and Copperbelt provinces would be sponsored by KCM to tertiary level in fields of medicine, mining and business to study in Australia, India, Namibia and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Lukaki added that the corporate social responsibility covers both KCM employees and dependants.
He further said the corporate social responsibility programme covers both KCM employees and dependants.
KCM, one of Africa’s largest integrated copper producers, is a subsidiary of London-listed diversified resources and mining company, Vedanta Resources Plc which is assisting the Zambian government to ease the burden in key sectors of the economy such as heath, energy, mining besides education.
And receiving the classroom block, Nampundwe secondary school deputy head-teacher Mwila Mwila commended KCM and called on other private companies to emulate the mining company.
Ms. Mwila said improving the education sector calls for concerted efforts from all stakeholders.