Govt appreciates support from Child Fund-Zambia and IRA
Lusaka, March 16, 2013, ZANIS…Lusaka Provincial Education Officer-PEO Melu Mwanapau says government appreciates the support rendered to the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational and Early Child Education by Child Fund –Zambia and the International Reading Association –IRA.
Mr. Mwanapau said Child-Fund Zambia has done remarkable achievements especially in infrastructure development in the education sector in the country.
The PEO was speaking today at Mumana Pleasure Resort in Lusaka during the graduation of over 20 senior teachers sponsored by Child Fund -Zambia in literacy studies drawn from various schools from different provinces in the nation.
Mr. Mwanapau said Child Fund –Zambia, a Germany Non Governmental Organisation has been in existence in Zambia for the past 40 years adding that the organisation has been instrumental in building classrooms, rehabilitating teachers houses, provision of teaching materials as well as sinking of bore-holes across the country.
And Speaking at the same function, Dr Deanna Birdyshaw, a Child Fund International consultant from the University of Michigan in the United States of America thanked the International Reading Association for joining hands with Child Fund-Zambia to improve the teaching methodologies for the teaching fraternity in Zambia.
Dr Birdyshaw said her organisation remains committed to working with the Government of Zambia to improve the education standards, not only in Lusaka but across the country.
Meanwhile, National Director for Child Fund –Zambia Ely Keita said government alone will not manage to eradicate the high illiteracy levels among youths but that with support from some nongovernmental organisations, the battle could be won.
Mr. Keita said Child Fund Zambia has so far trained over 200 in order to improve the education levels for children and youths.