Youth can develop Zambia if equipped

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Government has observed that young people have the potential to greatly contribute to the economic development of Zambia if they were equipped with necessary skills.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Patrick Nkanza said young people should therefore be empowered with necessary skills especially that they were future leaders of Zambia.

Dr. Nkanza said it was for this reason that government was determined to improve reading skills among young people in the country.

He said this in Lusaka today when he officiated at the 2012 joint annual review meeting for the education sector.

Dr. Nkanza disclosed that Zambia’s education sector has enrolled over one million learners since government announced the free basic education policy in 2002.

He said the strategic performance assessment framework for the education sector provides information on education inputs that are perceived to be impacting positively on the learning outcomes for young people.

And speaking at the same function, United Nations Children’s International Emergency Fund (UNICEF) representative Lyorlumun Uhaa praised the Ministry of Education for making positive strides towards improving the education sector in Zambia.

Dr. Uhaa said children have the right to quality education adding that effective management of the new education plan was vital for the improvement of education standards.

He said this in a speech ready on his behalf by UNICEF deputy representative Shya Asindua