A senior educational officer in Ndola has challenged teachers and pupils to work hard to ensure that learning and performance is enhanced in schools for the district to continue producing good results.
Ndola District Education Board Secretary Alexander Mulenga says his office is happy that Ndola came out first in the results of grade nines who sat for their examinations last year a status which should motivate both teachers and pupils to even worker harder.
Mr Mulenga said this when Airtel Zambia donated 1,307 exercise books worth KR2, 500.00 to Chibolelo Basic School in Chipulukusu township in Ndola yesterday.
Mr Mulenga said the donation of the books will go a long way in enhancing the learning and performance of pupils in the school.
He said lack of teaching materials such as books for pupils continues to be a challenge which many schools face.
Mr Mulenga urged other institutions on the Copperbelt to emulate Airtel by considering to help the less privilege in society.
He said it is gratifying to know that there were some companies that still hard the interest of enhancing learning in schools.
And Airtel Copperbelt Zonal Business Manager Kephas Phiri said Airtel was passionate about supporting educational programmes that assist the less privilege in society.
Mr Phiri said the aim of the company was to create a positive impact in society and help lay the foundation for social and economical development in Zambia.
He said reading is the foundation of knowledge and Airtel has observed that out of the 100 schools in Zambia, less than 50% of the pupils in grade 1to 4 could read and write.
“From the survey that Airtel carried out, of the 100 schools in Zambia less than 50% of the pupils in grade 1 to 4 can read or write and since reading is the foundation of the acquisition of knowledge, the learner that cannot read properly is greatly disadvantaged in life,” he said.
He said Airtel will continue to collaborate and work with the government of the republic of Zambia in various initiatives and programmes targeted at the less privileged in society.
And receiving the donations, Chibolele Primary School Deputy Head Teacher Mafuta Mwape said for the school to maintain a high pass rate, it needs more materials such as books.
He said the school is currently faced with a number of problems among which is inadequate classrooms which has resulted in over enrolling.
Mr Mwape said the school was delighted for the donation as it has brought relief not only to the teachers but to pupils as well.
He described Airtel as an all whether partner in development as it had earlier donated three computers and two internet modems to the school.