—An Education Based Non-Governmental Organisation has donated books and learning equipment worth K1.2 million to Zambia’s Curriculum Development Centre.
Empowering Community Schools In-service Teachers Education (ECSITE), which is funded by the European Union, this morning handed over among other things desk top computers loaded with educational materials, monitors, multipurpose printers, storage trunks and books in various Zambian local languages to the centre.
ECSITE Programme Manager, Anna Murru, said the gesture is intended to supplement government’s efforts in improving education standards in the country through its new education curriculum.
She disclosed that since January, 2013 the organization has been working with the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood in supporting community schools through various projects such as training teachers in pedagogical skills.
Ms Murru said the organization is also responding to the findings which were gathered after consulting from community schools on what they would need to enhance their learning activities.
She added that the project also aims at increasing the teaching skills of 500 community school teachers in districts such as Mumbwa, Chibombo, Serenje, Mufulira, Kitwe and Ndola.
Ms Murru expressed joy that the materials will benefit vulnerable children in community schools and hoped that good use will be made out of the equipment received to expand the teaching service.
And in receiving the donation on behalf of the Director for Teachers Education and Specialized Services, Amedy Mpomwa thanked the organization for the gesture.
Ms Mpomwa, who is a senior librarian, said the donation will go a long way in complimenting government’s efforts in offering quality education to the pupils.